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Ambush (1950)

 |  Western  |  13 January 1950 (USA)
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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.



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Credited cast:
Ward Kinsman
Capt. Ben Lorrison
Ann Duverall
Don Taylor ...
Lt. Linus Delaney
Martha Conovan
Bruce Cowling ...
Tom Conovan
Maj. C.E. Breverly
Frank Holly
Pat Moriarity ...
Sgt. Mack
Charles Stevens ...
Capt. J.R. Wolverson
Robin Short ...
Lt. Storrow
Richard Bailey ...
Lt. Tremaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Harrison ...
Sgt. Isaacs


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.

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Release Date:

13 January 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Armadilha  »

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(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Final film of director Sam Wood. See more »


[Frank and Ward contemplate descending a near vertical hillside]
Frank Holly: Has a horse ever been down through there before?
Ward Kinsman: A horse has got too much sense to try.
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Standard fare but very well done
22 May 2003 | by (Bend, Oregon) – See 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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