Ambush (1950)

88-89 mins | Western | 13 January 1950

Director:

Sam Wood

Producer:

Armand Deutsch

Cinematographer:

Harold Lipstein

Editor:

Ben Lewis

Production Designers:

Cedric Gibbons, Malcolm Brown

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

Luke Short's short story was published in novel form, under the same title, in 1950. According to HR news items, Sergei Petschnikoff was originally to have been the film's unit manager, Robert Planck was to have been the director of photography and Keogh Gleason was to have been the set decorator. This picture marked the final film of director Sam Wood, who died on 22 Sep 1949. Some location shooting took place in and around Gallup and Lupton, New ... More Less

Luke Short's short story was published in novel form, under the same title, in 1950. According to HR news items, Sergei Petschnikoff was originally to have been the film's unit manager, Robert Planck was to have been the director of photography and Keogh Gleason was to have been the set decorator. This picture marked the final film of director Sam Wood, who died on 22 Sep 1949. Some location shooting took place in and around Gallup and Lupton, New Mexico. More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
24 Dec 1949.
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Daily Variety
10 Jun 49
p. 11.
Daily Variety
21 Dec 49
p. 3, 18
Film Daily
29 Dec 49
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
18 Apr 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Apr 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Apr 49
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
3 May 49
p. 15.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Jun 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
8 Jun 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Jun 49
p. 11.
Hollywood Reporter
14 Jul 49
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
5 Aug 49
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Aug 49
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Dec 49
p. 4.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
24 Dec 49
p. 129-30.
New York Times
19 Jan 50
p. 35.
Variety
21 Dec 49
p. 8.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
A Sam Wood Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITER
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTORS
Art dir
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATORS
Set dec
COSTUMES
Women's cost
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Rec supv
MAKEUP
Hair styles des by
Makeup created by
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the serial story "Ambush" by Luke Short in The Saturday Evening Post (25 Dec 1948--12 Feb 1949).
AUTHOR
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 January 1950
Production Date:
2 June--early August 1949
added scenes late August 1949.
Copyright Claimant:
Loew's Inc.
Copyright Date:
12 December 1949
Copyright Number:
LP2727
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
88-89
Length(in feet):
7,972
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14027
Passed by NBR:
Yes
SYNOPSIS

In 1878, at the foot of Bailey Mountain, Arizona Territory, Ward Kinsman, a prospector and Indian guide, is asked by Major C. E. Breverly of the U.S. Cavalry to help him find Mary Carlyle, the daughter of a general who was abducted during an Indian raid. Fearing a heavy loss of life if he carries out the mission, Ward refuses the Major's request, but later accepts the assignment when Ann Duverall, Mary's attractive sister, asks him to help. Before leaving the cavalry headquarters on a preliminary expedition, Ward punches Tom Conovan, an alcoholic cavalryman who falsely accuses him of being a horse thief. Tom's wife Martha, who has suffered many abuses by her husband, is having an affair with Lt. Linus Delaney. Accompanied by a small group of cavalrymen, Ward follows the trail of Mary's abductors to an Indian encampment. After raiding the camp, Ward learns from an Indian woman that Mary is still alive and is with Diablito's band of Indians, who are directly ahead of them on the trail. While reporting the discovery to Captain Ben Lorrison, Ann's former sweetheart, Ward learns that Breverly has been injured in an attack by Conovan and that Lorrison is now in command. The expedition returns to the fort with an Apache prisoner, Tana, and preparations are made for a full-scale attack on Diablito's caravan. When Lorrison falsely accuses Delaney of causing Conovan's attack on Breverly and orders the lieutenant's transfer, Ward, who dislikes the new commander, challenges him to a fistfight. Though Ward receives a beating from Lorrison, the two eventually put aside their differences and make final preparations for the ambush. On the eve of the ambush, ... +


In 1878, at the foot of Bailey Mountain, Arizona Territory, Ward Kinsman, a prospector and Indian guide, is asked by Major C. E. Breverly of the U.S. Cavalry to help him find Mary Carlyle, the daughter of a general who was abducted during an Indian raid. Fearing a heavy loss of life if he carries out the mission, Ward refuses the Major's request, but later accepts the assignment when Ann Duverall, Mary's attractive sister, asks him to help. Before leaving the cavalry headquarters on a preliminary expedition, Ward punches Tom Conovan, an alcoholic cavalryman who falsely accuses him of being a horse thief. Tom's wife Martha, who has suffered many abuses by her husband, is having an affair with Lt. Linus Delaney. Accompanied by a small group of cavalrymen, Ward follows the trail of Mary's abductors to an Indian encampment. After raiding the camp, Ward learns from an Indian woman that Mary is still alive and is with Diablito's band of Indians, who are directly ahead of them on the trail. While reporting the discovery to Captain Ben Lorrison, Ann's former sweetheart, Ward learns that Breverly has been injured in an attack by Conovan and that Lorrison is now in command. The expedition returns to the fort with an Apache prisoner, Tana, and preparations are made for a full-scale attack on Diablito's caravan. When Lorrison falsely accuses Delaney of causing Conovan's attack on Breverly and orders the lieutenant's transfer, Ward, who dislikes the new commander, challenges him to a fistfight. Though Ward receives a beating from Lorrison, the two eventually put aside their differences and make final preparations for the ambush. On the eve of the ambush, Lorrison proposes to Ann, who later tells Ward that she plans to accept the proposal. Ward balks at the news, and insists that Ann is really in love with him. Soon, after the expedition sets out to find Diablito, Ward kills Tana in self-defense when the Indian double-crosses the squadron and attacks him. The Cavalry squadron eventually finds the Apaches and, after stampeding their horses, engages them in bloody gun battle. As the battle nears its conclusion, Captain Jim R. Wolverson's reinforcements arrive and Ward rescues Mary. Although Ward is satisfied with the outcome of the ambush, Lorrison, determined to effect a complete routing of the Apaches, takes some men with him and goes after a small band of escaping Indians. Ward, realizing that Lorrison and his men are in great danger without a scout, follows them. He arrives too late, however, and discovers that the Indians have killed Lorrison and his men in an ambush. When the expedition returns to the fort, Ann is reunited with her sister and stands at Ward's side as the United States flag is raised to honor the dead. +

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