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Wild Horse Ambush (1952)

Passed | | Western | 15 April 1952 (USA)
The "Rough Ridin' Kids", really stir up a hornet's nest when they become suspicious of a man named Big John HArkins, who is seen breaking in wild horses which are allegedly slated for the ... See full summary »

Director:

Fred C. Brannon

Writer:

William Lively
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Michael Chapin ... Red White
Eilene Janssen ... Judy Dawson
James Bell ... Sheriff Tom White
Richard Avonde ... Jalisco
Roy Barcroft ... Big John Harkins
Julian Rivero ... Enrico Espinosa
Movita ... Lita Espinosa
Drake Smith ... Henchman Mace Gary
Scott Lee Scott Lee ... Henchman Shorty
Alex Montoya Alex Montoya ... Pedro
John Daheim John Daheim ... Henchman Turk
Ted Cooper Ted Cooper ... Spy
Wayne Burson Wayne Burson ... Henchman Tom
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Storyline

The "Rough Ridin' Kids", really stir up a hornet's nest when they become suspicious of a man named Big John HArkins, who is seen breaking in wild horses which are allegedly slated for the fertilizer-and-hide factory. At the same time, large amounts of counterfeit fifty-peso notes begin flooding Arizona near the Mexico border. That brings a Mexican police-chief Juan Reyes, posing as a bandit named Jalisco, to investigate. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 1952 (USA) See more »

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Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Follows The Dakota Kid (1951) See more »

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The Last Adventure of "The Rough Ridin Kids"
27 February 2006 | by aimless-46See all my reviews

"Wild Horse Ambush" (1952) is the last of the four Red and Judy westerns that Republic made in the early 1950's as a series called "The Rough Ridin' Kids". These were relatively successful Saturday matinée features with stories told from the point of view of 10-12 year-olds. The idea would be copied by 1950's television with characters like Rusty in "The Adventures of Rin Tin Tin" and "Corky and White Shadow".

Unfortunately this "we were there" idea seems to work best when the setting is a cavalry post or a circus. But like "Corky", Red (Michael Chapin) and Judy (Eilene Janssen) live in a small western town and instead of matching wits with other children they are inserted into the plot of standard "B" westerns. Red is the grandson of Sheriff Tom White (James Bell) and Judy is the reformed foster daughter of a captured outlaw. It's actually a nice premise with a lot of potential. The two young actors have a lot of charm and are good riders. Too bad the writers didn't keep things focused on childhood adventures against enemies their own age.

In "Wild Horse Ambush" they make friends with an officer in the Mexican Border Patrol and help him to crack a counterfeit ring. A gang has forced an engraver to make plates for printing Mexican currency. The bills are concealed in the manes of wild horses for transport across the border.

Then again, what do I know? I'm only a child.


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