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"Springfireld Rifle" Civil War intrigue with Gary Cooper and Lon Chaney Jr. - CinemaDave

Aug. 16th, 2011 01:23 pm "Springfireld Rifle" Civil War intrigue with Gary Cooper and Lon Chaney Jr.

Released after his Oscar winning performance in "High Noon," Gary Cooper costarred with Lon Chaney Jr. again in "Springfield Rifle." Often considered the weaker companion piece of the two, "Springfield Rifle" holds up as a colorful western with a serpentine plot.

Midway through the film, Chaney & Cooper have a fight on a snowy mountain top. The ending is supposed to be funny, but it actually quite shocking and is a sad commentary about Lon Chaney Jr.'s fading career.

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