Ambush Trail is the 1946 western. Curley Thompson is accused of killing the sheriff. He says he’s innocent and Joe Moore backs him up. Meanwhile, ranchers are being forced off their land by Bolton and his gang. He murders Joe and frames Curley when they find enough evidence against his gang. The deputy, Walter Gordon refuses to arrest him so the town brings in a marshal to do the job. Curley is arrested, but is able to escape. They lay a trap for Bolton’s gang. Will it succeed?
What would have been a decent western is ruined when the story stops for some unnecessary scenes about pie. The screenwriter forgot that unless it’s deliberate, the scenes should move the plot forward, especially in such a short movie such as this. Otherwise, the movie is not too bad, if not very memorable. The plot does have potential, but other westerns have done it better than Ambush Trail. The fact that it’s a B-movie doesn’t excuse it from the same quality standards as feature westerns. Honolulu western fans need to rent it first.
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