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Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 2 February 1948 (Sweden)
WW2 veteran Lucky Gagin arrives in a New Mexico border-town intent on revenging against mobster Frank Hugo but FBI agent Bill Retz, who also wants Hugo, tries to keep Gagin out of trouble.

Director:

Robert Montgomery

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Charles Lederer (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Robert Montgomery ... Gagin
Thomas Gomez ... Pancho
Rita Conde Rita Conde ... Carla
Iris Flores Iris Flores ... Maria
Wanda Hendrix ... Pila
Grandon Rhodes ... Mr. Edison
Tito Renaldo Tito Renaldo ... Bellboy
Richard Gaines ... Jonathan
Andrea King ... Marjorie
Art Smith ... Bill Retz
Martin Garralaga ... Bartender
Edward Earle ... Locke
Harold Goodwin ... Red
Fred Clark ... Hugo
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Storyline

In the bordertown of San Pablo, preparing for an annual 'Mexican Fiesta,' arrives Gagin: tough, mysterious and laconic. His mission: to find the equally mysterious Frank Hugo, evidently for revenge; or is it blackmail? FBI agent Retz is also after the elusive Hugo. Everyone in town is enigmatic, especially Pila, a mystical teenager who follows Gagin around and has premonitions of his death. Also involved are a classic femme fatale and an antique carousel with a pink horse... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The excitement of desperate adventure ! The suspense of relentless man-hunt !


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 February 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Persecución en la noche See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000, 31 December 1947
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Thomas Gomez was nominated for an Oscar--for Best Supporting Actor--for his role in this film, marking the first time a Latino got an Oscar nomination. See more »

Goofs

In the climactic scene in Hugo's hotel room, Pila is standing right behind the seated Gagin with her hand on his shoulder. But whenever we cut to the reverse angle, she is completely out of the shot. See more »

Quotes

Pancho: Knife is good. Is more easy to fix. I got knifed three times. When you're young, everybody sticks knife in you.
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Crazy Credits

The main title card reads, "as LUCKY GAGIN in RIDE THE PINK HORSE." The film's title is in far smaller type than the character name. See more »

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A Different Film-Noir
20 October 2016 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

When a bus arrives in San Pablo, the mysterious American Lucky Gagin (Robert Montgomery) looks for the La Fonda Hotel and he meets the local Pila (Wanda Hendrix) that offers to take him there. Gagin is a tough man and army veteran and he seeks out a man called Frank Hugo (Fred Clark) and he learns that he will be back to his room only on the next day. Gagin stumbles upon FBI Agent Bill Retz (Art Smith), who is chasing the powerful mobster Frank Hugo, and he warns Gagin to forget his scheme for revenging his friend Shorty that was murdered by Frank. Then Gagin looks for a hotel room and he goes to the Bar Tres Violetas, where he befriends the owner of carousel called Pancho (Thomas Gomez) and he buys drinks for his friends in the bar. Pancho offers a place to Gagin to spend the night. On the next morning, Gagin goes to the hotel and meets Frank Hugo. He blackmails the mobster, asking for 30,000 dollars to give a check that incriminates him. Frank Hugo accepts the deal and tell that the money will be available only at 7:00 PM. Will Gagin succeed in his extortion of money from Frank?

"Ride the Pink Horse" is a different film-noir directed by Robert Montgomery, who is also the lead actor. His bitter and unpleasant character is well-developed as a war veteran disillusioned with the post-war life since his lover is unfaithful and his best friend was murdered by a mobster. Wanda Hendrix performs a weird character, maltreated by Gagin but following him like a puppy. But the plot is a good story of friendship. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Do Lodo Brotou Uma Flor" ("From the Mud Sprouted a Flower")


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