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Ambush (1950)

TV-PG | | Western | 13 January 1950 (USA)
In 1878, Ward Kinsman, a prospector and Indian scout, has been persuaded by the US Cavalry to find Mary Carlyle, the daughter of a general, who has been taken by Apaches.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Luke Short (story), Marguerite Roberts
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Ward Kinsman
John Hodiak ... Capt. Ben Lorrison
Arlene Dahl ... Ann Duverall
Don Taylor ... Lt. Linus Delaney
Jean Hagen ... Martha Conovan
Bruce Cowling ... Tom Conovan
Leon Ames ... Maj. C.E. Breverly
John McIntire ... Frank Holly
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Sgt. Mack
Charles Stevens ... Diablito
Chief Thundercloud ... Tana
Ray Teal ... Capt. J.R. Wolverson
Robin Short Robin Short ... Lt. Storrow
Richard Bailey ... Lt. Tremaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Harrison James Harrison ... Sgt. Isaacs
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Storyline

In 1878, the shortest trail West through the Arizona territory passed by the foot of Bailey Mountain. Although the shortest, it also was the most dangerous route because Bailey Mountain was the stronghold of a band of renegade Apache, led by Chief Diablito. A group of land surveyors is attacked and massacred by Diablito's renegade Apache. The Indians abduct Mary Carlyle, the daughter of General Carlyle. As a result of this, Major C. E. Breverly, commandant of the nearby cavalry outpost sends a scout to find prospector and Indian guide Ward Kinsman. Kinsman is secretly mining for gold near Bailey Mountain, under the nose of Chief Diablito. At the cavalry outpost, Major Breverly requests Kinsman's assistance in saving Mary Carlyle from the Apache. Mary's sister, Ann Duverall, also demands her sister's immediate rescue but Kinsman, fearing a great loss of troopers in a confrontation with the Apache, refuses. Not being on the army's payroll allows him to refuse assignments. However, he ... Written by nufs68

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M-G-M's Great Drama of the Adventurous West!

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Western

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TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armadilha See more »

Filming Locations:

Lupton, Arizona, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,754,000 (estimated)
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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Jean Hagen's movie debut. See more »

Quotes

Ward Kinsman: You sure must need those ten big dollars a day the Army paid you to come up here.
Frank Holly: I got a sick wife.
Ward Kinsman: It beats a sick widow!
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Standard fare but very well done
22 May 2003 | by jxm4687See all my reviews

This is pretty standard cavalry outpost versus the Apaches fare, but it's well acted and directed, moves along at a good clip and boasts an intelligent script that develops its stock characters effectively. Robert Taylor is at his best in this kind of stalwart but human role. And the rest of the cast delivers strongly. (Arlene Dahl has great chemistry with both Taylor and John Hodiak, rivals for her affections.)

This was director Sam Wood's last film. The many action scenes are well staged and exciting, although color would have enhanced them. This is an example of big-budget Hollywood westerns from the late 40's and early 50's (many better known than this, e.g., "Red River) which--for some reason--were filmed in black and white.


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