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Ambush at Tomahawk Gap

Ambush at Tomahawk Gap

Fred F Sears (1953)



Our Score
As far as the eye can see, this western adventure is firmly rooted in cliché territory. Featuring John Hodiak and John Derek, both more famous for being married to stars (Hodiak to Anne Baxter, Derek to a string of blondes including Ursula Andress, Linda Evans and Bo Derek) than being stars themselves, this has a formula plot in which four ex-cons seek lost loot in a ghost town. There aren't enough sharp twists in the story or characterisations to shake it up, but the swoop of the Apaches is well done and the finale shows a lack of racial discrimination rare for its time. A standard western, certainly, but with some surprising lumps in the usual porridge.


Four grizzled jailbirds are released from prison and head for an isolated Wild West town to search for the loot a deceased partner squirrelled away years earlier. However, besides having to find the stash, they also end up fending off a tribe of vengeful Apaches. Western, starring John Hodiak, John Derek, David Brian and Maria Elena Marques.

Cast & Crew

McCord John Hodiak
The Kid John Derek
Egan David Brian
Doc Ray Teal
Indian girl Maria Elena Marques
Jonas P Travis John Qualen
Stranton Otto Hulett
Marlowe Percy Helton
Sheriff Trevor Bardette
Bartender John Doucette
Director Fred F Sears
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Other Information

Language: English Colour Theatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. Ltd Guidance: Edited for violence.


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