Bolton, trying to get the ranchers to leave, has his outlaw gang ambush all incoming supply wagons. Curly Thompson, out to stop them, gets framed for murder and put in jail.


(as Harry Fraser)


(original screenplay)

Watch Now

From $1.99 (SD) on Amazon Video



Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

5 Card Stud (1968)
Mystery | Romance | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

The players in an ongoing poker game are being mysteriously killed off, one by one.

Director: Henry Hathaway
Stars: Dean Martin, Robert Mitchum, Inger Stevens
The Lone Hand (1953)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

In 1870, widowed farmer Zachary Hallock secretly joins a group of outlaws as a solution to his money problems.

Director: George Sherman
Stars: Joel McCrea, Barbara Hale, Alex Nicol
Rio Conchos (1964)
Action | Drama | War
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

A former Confederate officer and a Mexican try to prevent a former Confederate colonel from selling stolen rifles to renegade Apaches in Mexico.

Director: Gordon Douglas
Stars: Richard Boone, Stuart Whitman, Anthony Franciosa
Mystery | Western
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Framed for murder, Jim Guthrie barely escapes lynching by the town mob, becomes a wanted fugitive for three years but returns to find the real killer.

Director: Alfred L. Werker
Stars: Dana Andrews, Donna Reed, Dianne Foster
Adventure | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

The girlfriend of Captain Drummond has been kidnapped by an enemy of Drummond who seeks revenge. But Drummond and his friend Colonel Nielsen at once follow his trail...

Director: Louis King
Stars: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

In this episode captain Drummond tries to find the killer of various people. All assassinations were provoked by a diamond of great value, but Drummond will face the danger.

Director: James P. Hogan
Stars: John Barrymore, John Howard, Louise Campbell


Complete credited cast:
Henchman Ed Blaine (as Bob Cason)
Budd Buster ...
Miner Zeke (Jim Haley in credits)
Deputy Walter Gordon
Henchman Owens
Marshal Dawes (as Edward Cassidy)


Curley Thompson purchases a ranch near the town of Douglas and is surprised to find that his inherited, happy-go-lucky foreman, Sam Hawkins, can't even ride a horse. Freight owner Hatch Bolton is boss of the town and is out to ruin the local ranchers in order to get their ranches and sell to a Chicago grain combine. After Sheriff Tom Gordon is ambushed, his brother Walter and Alice Rhodes join Curley in his fight against Bolton. A rancher is murdered and Bolton tries to frame Curley, but Gordon lets him out of jail. Curley learns that the murdered man had been trying to tell him that a pair of steer horns over the bar contain the evidence needed against Bolton. Written by Les Adams <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


WAYLAID... By High Adventure On The Range! See more »


Action | Western


Passed | See all certifications »




Release Date:

17 February 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Emboscada  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

Greedy by nature
4 October 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

Ambush Trail from PRC studio has Bob Steele as a young rancher who might have picked the wrong time and place to settle on a ranch he's just bought. The other ranchers in the valley are being starved out by a gang led by perennial western villain I. Stanford Jolley who won't let wagons with supplies get through. Jolley's planning to acquire the whole valley if he can. Why he wants it stays a mystery unless he's just greedy by nature.

Steele is suspected it in the murder of sheriff Henry Hall, but Deputy and brother to sheriff Kermit Maynard trusts him. One look at Jolley's men and I can understand that.

In fact there's a big old surprise waiting for Jolley at the end of the film. He slipped up big time in his scheme though not for lack of trying.

The plot does get a bit confusing, but Ambush Trail holds up well for Bob Steele fans.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Bright Cowboys richardpaperboy
Discuss Ambush Trail (1946) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for: