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Ambush Trail (1946)

Passed  |   |  Action, Western  |  17 February 1946 (USA)
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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.

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(as Harry Fraser)

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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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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17 February 1946 (USA)  »

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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.


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