Ambush at Cimarron Pass

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Ambush at Cimarron Pass
Ambush at cimarron pass poster.jpg
Movie poster
Directed by Jodie Copelan
Produced by Herbert E. Mendelson
Written by John K. Butler
Richard G. Taylor
Based on story by Robert A. Reeds
Robert E. Woods
Starring Scott Brady
Margia Dean
Clint Eastwood
Music by Paul Sawtell
Bert Shefter
Cinematography John M. Nickolaus, Jr.
Distributed by 20th Century Fox
Release date
  • February 11, 1958 (1958-02-11) (Los Angeles)
  • March 1958 (1958-03) (United States)
Running time
73 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Ambush at Cimarron Pass is a 1958 American Western film directed by Jodie Copelan, starring Scott Brady and Clint Eastwood (third billed, later first billed upon reissue). The film also features Margia Dean, Irving Bacon, Frank Gerstle, Baynes Barron, and William Vaughn.[1]

It is the only feature film ever directed by Copelan, who was primarily a film editor.


Eastwood appears as a Southern cowboy Keith Williams who is upset over having to join up with a group of Yankees who have been attacked by the same group of Indians. Most film guides include in their entry for this film a quote attributed to Eastwood, "probably the lousiest Western ever made."[2] This film is also notable for a scene in which Brady beats Eastwood in a fistfight.


  • Scott Brady as Sergeant Matt Blake
  • Margia Dean as Teresa Santos
  • Clint Eastwood as Keith Williams
  • Irving Bacon as Judge Stanfield
  • Frank Gerstle as Capt. Sam Prescott
  • Ray Boyle as Johnny Willows (billed as Dirk London)
  • Baynes Barron as Corbin the Gunrunner
  • William Vaughn as Henry the Scout
  • Ken Mayer as Corporal Schwitzer
  • John Damler as Private Zach
  • Keith Richards as Private Lasky
  • John Frederick as Private Nathan (billed as John Merrick)


The film was made by Regal Films Inc. It was one of a two-picture deal Scott Brady signed with Regal the other being Blood Arrow.[3] Clint Eastwood, at the time best known for his performance in Lafayette Escadrille was cast in September 1957.[4]


  1. ^ AMBUSH AT CIMARRON PASS. (1958, Monthly Film Bulletin, 25, 43. Retrieved from
  2. ^ For example, The Overlook Film Encyclopedia: The Western, ed. by Phil Hardy, page 261 attributes the quotation to Eastwood, omitting the "probably."
  3. ^ Special to The New,York Times. (1957, Aug 17). FILM TO BE MADE OF NOVEL BY URIS. New York Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from
  4. ^ Scheuer, P. K. (1957, Sep 02). Joanne woodward out of 'young lions'; drama to encore jane powell. Los Angeles Times (1923-Current File) Retrieved from

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