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Ambush Trail (1946)

Bolton, trying to get the ranchers to leave, has his outlaw gang ambush all incoming supply wagons. Curly Thompson, out to stop them, gets framed for murder and put in jail.

Director:

Harry L. Fraser (as Harry Fraser)

Writer:

Elmer Clifton (original screenplay)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Bob Steele ... Curley Thompson
Syd Saylor ... Sam Hawkins
I. Stanford Jolley ... Hatch Bolton
Lorraine Miller ... Alice Rhodes
Charles King ... Al Craig - Henchman
John Cason ... Ed Blaine - Henchman (as Bob Cason)
Budd Buster ... Miner Zeke (Jim Haley in credits)
Kermit Maynard ... Deputy Walter Gordon
Frank Ellis Frank Ellis ... Owens - Henchman
Ed Cassidy ... Marshal Dawes (as Edward Cassidy)
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Curley Thompson purchases a ranch near the town of Douglas and is surprised to find that his inherited, happy-go-lucky foreman, Sam Hawkins, can't even ride a horse. Freight owner Hatch Bolton is boss of the town and is out to ruin the local ranchers in order to get their ranches and sell to a Chicago grain combine. After Sheriff Tom Gordon is ambushed, his brother Walter and Alice Rhodes join Curley in his fight against Bolton. A rancher is murdered and Bolton tries to frame Curley, but Gordon lets him out of jail. Curley learns that the murdered man had been trying to tell him that a pair of steer horns over the bar contain the evidence needed against Bolton. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 February 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Emboscada See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Greedy by nature
4 October 2015 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

Ambush Trail from PRC studio has Bob Steele as a young rancher who might have picked the wrong time and place to settle on a ranch he's just bought. The other ranchers in the valley are being starved out by a gang led by perennial western villain I. Stanford Jolley who won't let wagons with supplies get through. Jolley's planning to acquire the whole valley if he can. Why he wants it stays a mystery unless he's just greedy by nature.

Steele is suspected it in the murder of sheriff Henry Hall, but Deputy and brother to sheriff Kermit Maynard trusts him. One look at Jolley's men and I can understand that.

In fact there's a big old surprise waiting for Jolley at the end of the film. He slipped up big time in his scheme though not for lack of trying.

The plot does get a bit confusing, but Ambush Trail holds up well for Bob Steele fans.


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