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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.


Fred F. Sears


David Lang (story), David Lang (screenplay)




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


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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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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Good small cast Western with no good guys
14 November 2005 | by MarlburianSee all my reviews

An enjoyable Western with a small cast of white characters and rather more Indians, who follow the routine of seemingly being willing to take many casualties for relatively small gain. Another cliché is the improbable Indian girl played by a non-Native American, in this case a Mexican,María Elena Marqués. It appears from the plot that Navajo girls get taught to use the bow and arrow, but this apart the character might as well have been a Mexican anyway.

Hodiak, in one of his last films before his premature death, is suitably rugged, and Ray Teal gets a fuller role than usual; in fact he's the nearest to a good guy among all the men in the film, and even then he's served time in Yuma Prison and is still greedy for the loot.

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Release Date:

5 May 1953 (USA) See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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