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Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

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 ... Lucky Gagin
Wanda Hendrix ... Pila
Andrea King ... Marjorie
Thomas Gomez ... Pancho
Fred Clark ... Frank Hugo
Art Smith ... Bill Retz
Grandon Rhodes ... Mr. Edison
Richard Gaines ... Jonathan
Rita Conde ... Carla
Iris Flores Iris Flores ... Maria
Tito Renaldo Tito Renaldo ... Bellboy
Edward Earle ... Locke
Harold Goodwin ... Red
Martin Garralaga ... Bartender
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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! (original half-sheet poster-all caps)


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Passed | See all certifications »
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Trivia

This film has a 100% rating based on 7 critic reviews on Rotten Tomatoes. See more »

Goofs

When Lucky sticks the key to the map, the gum overlaps the side of the map and also sticks out noticeably to the rear. When he retrieves the key later, neither the gum nor the key can be seen, yet the key is still there. 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 »

Connections

Remade as The Hanged Man (1964) See more »

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An Unusual Film Noir
8 May 2015 | by gavin6942See all my reviews

In the border town of San Pablo, preparing for an annual 'Mexican Fiesta,' arrives Gagin (Robert Montgomery): tough, mysterious and laconic. His mission: to find the equally mysterious Frank Hugo (Fred Clark), evidently for revenge; or is it blackmail?

This film gets credit for being a film noir set not in a big city or in some dark alley, but in a smaller southwestern town. And yet, despite the setting, it is firmly in the film noir genre and not in the western genre. Quite impressive.

The story itself is pretty simple, but the characters are what make it great. Gagin is awesome, as is Hugo, but it is the FBI agent who makes it complete: cat versus mouse, or is it? Throw in the local peasant girl, and you have a well-rounded cast of characters.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

2 February 1948 (Sweden) See more »

Also Known As:

Ride the Pink Horse See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$2,000,000
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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