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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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Did You Know?

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 »

Connections

Remade as The Hanged Man (1964) See more »

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One of my favorite Robert Montgomery movies...
21 May 2004 | by karloskiSee all my reviews

This is a classic pseudo film noir. It means to emulate, but not necessarily be, a true film noir.

Robert Montgomery is excellent and believable as a man driven to revenge the death of his war time pal.

The scenes with Wanda Hendrix as, in turns, a guileless teen, a knowing friend and a woman who 'sees things' are taut and dramatic. There are a few moments of humor there too.

Mr Montgomery's direction is both intelligent and convincing. There are moments of drama. Moments of near pathos. Moments of comedy. Moments of boredom - from the characters, not the audience.

The 'Fed' and 'Pancho' the carousel owner are interesting and engaging characters. Not hollow or cardboard cutouts that one might see in some films.

All in all it is a very enjoyable film and a must see for those that appreciate both the acting skills and the directorial skills of Mr. Robert Montgomery.


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