Major Lex Kearney, dishonorably discharged from the army for cowardice in battle, has actually volunteered to go undercover to try to prevent raids against shipments of horses desperately needed for the Union war effort.
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One quickly understands that the gun that gives its name to the film is only a pretext to the Hungarian born director. For that matter, the Springfield Rifle will not be used before the end of the movie. No, De Toth's concern is elsewhere, rather in the description of the people's reactions when they learn that Gary Cooper is a traitor. This theme is recurrent in De Toth's filmography. A DVD zone completists only.