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Ambush (1950)

TV-PG | | Western | 13 January 1950 (USA)
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.

Director:

Sam Wood

Writers:

Luke Short (story), Marguerite Roberts
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Cast

Credited cast:
Robert Taylor ... Ward Kinsman
John Hodiak ... Capt. Ben Lorrison
Arlene Dahl ... Ann Duverall
Don Taylor ... Lt. Linus Delaney
Jean Hagen ... Martha Conovan
Bruce Cowling ... Tom Conovan
Leon Ames ... Maj. C.E. Breverly
John McIntire ... Frank Holly
Pat Moriarity Pat Moriarity ... Sgt. Mack
Charles Stevens ... Diablito
Chief Thundercloud ... Tana
Ray Teal ... Capt. J.R. Wolverson
Robin Short Robin Short ... Lt. Storrow
Richard Bailey ... Lt. Tremaine
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Harrison James Harrison ... Sgt. Isaacs
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Storyline

In 1878, the shortest trail West through the Arizona territory passed by the foot of Bailey Mountain. Although the shortest, it also was the most dangerous route because Bailey Mountain was the stronghold of a band of renegade Apache, led by Chief Diablito. A group of land surveyors is attacked and massacred by Diablito's renegade Apache. The Indians abduct Mary Carlyle, the daughter of General Carlyle. As a result of this, Major C. E. Breverly, commandant of the nearby cavalry outpost sends a scout to find prospector and Indian guide Ward Kinsman. Kinsman is secretly mining for gold near Bailey Mountain, under the nose of Chief Diablito. At the cavalry outpost, Major Breverly requests Kinsman's assistance in saving Mary Carlyle from the Apache. Mary's sister, Ann Duverall, also demands her sister's immediate rescue but Kinsman, fearing a great loss of troopers in a confrontation with the Apache, refuses. Not being on the army's payroll allows him to refuse assignments. However, he ... Written by nufs68

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M-G-M's Great Drama of the Adventurous West!

Genres:

Western

Certificate:

TV-PG | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 January 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Armadilha See more »

Filming Locations:

Lupton, Arizona, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,754,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$2,108,000, 31 December 1950

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$3,215,000, 31 December 1950
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Production Co:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

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

Quotes

Ward Kinsman: Did you ever figure that maybe I won't get back?
Lt. Linus Delaney: You'll make it. People only die when they have something to live for.
Ward Kinsman: I know. That's why I'm a little worried...for the first time.
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Robert Taylor and John Hodiak
31 July 2014 | by marthawilcox1831See all my reviews

It's good to see John Hodiak face off against Robert Taylor and winning, although I would have thought that Taylor being the bigger star would have won. Although Hodiak is a good actor he wouldn't go on to anything significant except a premature death. He's probably most remembered for his part in Alfred Hitchcock's 'Lifeboat', but that was in the early part of his career. You don't have that much time at the top.

As for the film itself it's a bit pedestrian. It lacks a good script and storyline. The characters are one-dimensional, but the performances by both Taylor and Hodiak are good. The direction is not that good, but if you haven't got a good script then there isn't much you can do.


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