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Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)

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

Director:

Fred F. Sears

Writers:

David Lang (story), David Lang (screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview:
John Hodiak ... McCord
John Derek ... Kid
David Brian ... Egan
María Elena Marqués ... Navajo Girl (as Maria Elena Marques)
Ray Teal ... Doc
John Qualen ... Jonas P. Travis
Otto Hulett ... Stranton
Percy Helton ... Marlowe
Trevor Bardette ... Twin Forks Sheriff
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Storyline

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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They came back for vengeance! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 May 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los Malacara See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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In one version, there is a jump from a scene where the party of 5 has 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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Dusty western has its moments and a fine cast
9 June 2009 | by NewEnglandPatSee all my reviews

This western is a grim, spare adventure about four ex-cons out to recover a cache of gold hidden in a ghost town. That's the entire plot, in a nutshell. The party grabs an Indian girl along the way, perhaps for a romantic effect with young John Derek, which suits the others just fine. Gold and greed are the two main themes in the screenplay, so none of the characters engender any sympathy. Most of the film dwells on the search for the gold and the anticipated Indian attack, which comes during the film's last reel. The cast is good, with John Hodiak, Ray Teal and David Bryan in the lead roles. Maria Elena Marques, a sharpshooter with a bow and fire arrow, is pretty and stays on the periphery of the story. The color work is very good, and though not a major entry in the western genre, this film is worth watching for the cast and the flavor of a golden-age western.


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