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Ambush at Tomahawk Gap(1953)

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  • Champion of the switch endings

    • Johnny Matheis
    • 6/6/12

    AMBUSH AT TOMAHAWK GAP is an action packed Western from the cinematic days. It has one of the original switch endings, or "trick" endings, and is the champion of "switch" endings, whatever else it may be.Four convicts are released, and go out after their hidden loot.But wait, immediately one of them is fighting the other three. Why? Because he wasn't ever involved with the robbery. Hodiak plays this "Everyman" character, who is a victim of circumstance. While the fourth man hid the loot, the law caught him with the other three by mistake. The other three didn't clear him, and he feels now, after serving time, he should get a share of the loot.The other three don't feel that way, and are still vicious about it, particularly the leader, the ogre of the group, Dave Brian, as well as the hot headed kid played by John Derek. The fourth man, played by Ray Teal, is not as vicious. The fourth member of the original gang hid the loot, but then died. Now, the characters search through a ghost town they feel sure the money is hidden in, unless one of the other three characters they meet know about it. They are joined by an old man, a younger man, and a beautiful Indian woman. They accept this, because they are beset by Indians. Fortunately, they have weapons, and some gunpowder. Still, they are whittled down, one by one, unable to find the loot, and unable to escape their fate.The tensions now change to trouble between Brian and Derek, but "Everyman" Hodiak is still there to see he is paid for his wrongful incarceration. Hope is pretty well lost, until a last ditch effort saves two of them, with the great "switch" ending unveiled at the same time. Fortunately, this was made in the days before the nazis took over movie making for a few decades, so the brunette is allowed to live. You'll have to guess at which other one survives, though.

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