Up 129,997 this week

Ambush Trail (1946)

Passed  |   |  Action, Western  |  17 February 1946 (USA)
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.7/10 from 49 users  
Reviews: 3 user

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)
0Check in

Watch Now

From $1.99 on Amazon Instant Video

IMDb Picks: August

Visit our IMDb Picks section to see our recommendations of movies and TV shows coming out in August.

Visit the IMDb Picks section

Related Items

Search for "Ambush Trail" on

Connect with IMDb

Share this Rating

Title: Ambush Trail (1946)

Ambush Trail (1946) on IMDb 5.7/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of Ambush Trail.





Complete credited cast:
Syd Saylor ...
Charles King ...
John L. Cason ...
Henchman Ed Blaine (as Bob Cason)
Budd Buster ...
Miner Zeke (Jim Haley in credits)
Kermit Maynard ...
Deputy Walter Gordon
Frank Ellis ...
Henchman Owens
Ed Cassidy ...
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


A killer behind every bush...a thrill a minute! 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

Steele Rides Again
27 April 2011 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

He may have been small (5'5'') but there was no more energetic player among the matinée heroes than Bob Steele. His barroom brawls, a matinée staple, are still an impressive example of a buzz saw in action. Here he rescues local ranchers from an embargo on supplies set up by the local greed merchant. Of course, it takes a lot of hard riding and fisticuffs, just the sort of thing we Front Row kids expected from our heroes.

It's cheapo PRC producing, so the action never leaves the non-scenic LA area, but that's okay because director Fraser makes good use of the scrubby hills. Good to see veteran baddies Charles King and I. Stanford Jolley picking up a payday for what they do best, menace the hero. But get a load of leading lady Lorraine Miller's hair—there's enough there to fill several mattresses—the style of the day, I guess. It's better than average dialog from scripter Clifton. I especially like comic-relief Syd Saylor's charlie-horse explanation of why he can't ride a horse—it's almost like an Abbott & Costello routine.

Anyway, it's a good mix of action and chuckles from the Jimmy Cagney of the matinées, the great Bob Steele.

3 of 3 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: