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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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Details

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

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on December 8, 1947 with Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix and Thomas Gomez reprising their film roles 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

Gagin: I'm nobody's friend. The man with no place.
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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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Enigmatic Film Noir is rich viewing experience
27 November 2005 | by steveg-37See all my reviews

For me this movie is a fine example of the exotic "Old West" or "Old Mexico" of the '30s-'40s east coast imagination.

It has an ambiance similar to a Roy Rogers movie where the gangsters drive cars and fly airplanes, but Roy on Trigger is able to ride over the hill and cut them off. Business suits mix with cowboy outfits and Mexican girls in traditional dresses.

To correct some of the other reviewers, the fictitious San Pablo of the movie is actually Santa Fe--the La Fonda Hotel is a historic landmark near the main square of Santa Fe. Cowboys and Indians and lots of Americans in the on screen Fiesta are not that out-of-character after all because it is not actually in Mexico.

That said, the movie has an enigmatic, exotic, mysterious feel which is sustained throughout. The fact that you don't know much about the characters contributes to the enigma.

I liked all the actors, especially Thomas Gomez, and feel that the film has many glimpses of Mexican-Americans depicted more as actual people and less as comic-book caricatures than in other movies from the same period.


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