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Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)

Passed  |   |  Action, Romance, Western  |  5 May 1953 (USA)
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An innocent cowboy convicted with three robbers, travels with them to get a share of their hidden loot.

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Cast overview:
John Hodiak ...
McCord
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Kid
David Brian ...
Egan
María Elena Marqués ...
Navaho Girl (as Maria Elena Marques)
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Doc
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Jonas P. Travis
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Stranton
Percy Helton ...
Marlowe
Trevor Bardette ...
Twin Forks Sheriff
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Hodiak, Brian, Derek and Teal have just been released from prison. They return to Tomahawk Gap, now a ghost town, to retrieve the money that they stole and was buried by a partner somewhere in the town. While hunting, the Indians attack, and a life and death battle ensues. Written by Terry Brooks <TEXICANTBROOKS@NETSCAPE.NET>

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One man against the West!


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Los Malacara  »

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In one version, there is jump from a scene where the party of 5 is stopped for a rest with their horses tied up to a rope to a scene where the party is seen to approach the town of Tomahawk Gap with the wounded Kid riding the only one horse. Three horses have disappeared. See more »

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Gutsy Gusto Oater.
30 January 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Ambush At Tomahawk Gap tells the story of four outlaws, McCord (John Hodiak), Egan (David Bryan), Doc (Ray Teal) & Kid (John Derek), who after being released from a five year sentence for robbery at Yuma Territorial Prison, implode from within as they yearn to find the hidden loot from their ill gotten gains. Not only that, but they are in the middle of Indian territory and Apache attacks are frequent and savage in their execution.

Bloody & brutal Western programmer out of Columbia Pictures that's produced by Wallace MacDonald and directed by Fred Sears. Written by David Lang, the principal location shoot is at Corriganville, Simi Valley, California. With Technicolor enhanced cinematography coming from Henry Freulich. Though featuring a pretty weak, and at times nutty story, the film has a high viewing factor on account of its adherence to Western action staples, it helps, too, that Sears directs with an absolutely no nonsense approach.

Running at just shy of 80 minutes, it just doesn't have time to dwell on intricacies, instead choosing more to embrace that this isn't really about redemptive qualities; which since there's barely any on show is a rather good thing. Sears movie is grim and potent enough to warrant a recommendation to the serious Western fan. And it's also very easy on the eye. Bonus plot wise comes with two lovely kickers during the pulsating finale. The cast man up and give it gusto and brawn, with Hodiak particularly standing out, and even the inevitable lady character plot strand (Maria Elena Marques) doesn't cloy or hinder the pace and mood of the piece.

You will not want to ponder too much about it afterwards, but hopefully you will go away thinking that you have been royally entertained by the guns, arrows and fists that have flown and been thrown throughout the movie. 7/10


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