Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)

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An innocent cowboy convicted with three robbers, fresh out of Yuma Territorial Prison, travels with them to get a share of their hidden loot.


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  • John Hodiak and María Elena Marqués in Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
  • John Derek, David Brian, John Hodiak, María Elena Marqués, and Ray Teal in Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
  • John Derek, Trevor Bardette, David Brian, John Hodiak, and Ray Teal in Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
  • John Derek, David Brian, John Hodiak, María Elena Marqués, and Ray Teal in Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
  • John Derek, John Hodiak, and María Elena Marqués in Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)
  • John Derek, David Brian, John Hodiak, María Elena Marqués, and Ray Teal in Ambush at Tomahawk Gap (1953)

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15 June 2019 | Henchman_Number1
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| No White Hats Here
When four inmates (John Hodiak, David Brian, John Derek, Ray Teal) are released from Yuma Prison they work their way back to what is now the ghost town of Tomahawk Gap to recover the money from the robbery they pulled off years before. Hodiak, who was an innocent bystander in the original heist but was convicted along with the others, decides to cut himself in for a piece of the action since he served the time for a crime he didn't commit. However the road to Tomahawk Gap is not an easy one and the four must cross Apache Territory swarming with renegades to recover the stolen loot.

Directed by low budget veteran Fred Sears, who cut his teeth on the Durango Kid series at Columbia, the film doesn't spend time on meandering plot lines. Tomahawk Gap has a grittier feel than typical for the time period with little in the way of moralizing or romance. Sears definitely knew how to work with a budget and the sole focus of the movie is spent on the foursome recovering the stolen money. Hodiak receives top billing in this adult themed western, but it really is more of an ensemble cast and a pretty good one at that. By this time Hodiak had been relegated to secondary leads, larger support roles and ensemble work such as this. If Hodiak wasn't happy with the trajectory of his career you wouldn't know it by viewing this film. He comes off pitch perfect as a wrongly convicted man whose only compass in life is being paid back for his years behind bars.

Worthwhile medium budget programmer with good production values and a clever ending. Recommended for those who like their Westerns thin on drama and heavy on action.

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