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      Ride the Pink Horse

      Released Oct 8, 1947 1h 41m Crime Drama List
      100% Tomatometer 8 Reviews 85% Audience Score 250+ Ratings Certain that crime boss Frank Hugo (Fred Clark) has offed a pal of his, Lucky Gagin (Robert Montgomery) tails the gangster to a little New Mexico town. Gagin is seeking hush money, and, if he doesn't get it he'll resort to other means of getting even with Hugo. As FBI investigator Bill Retz (Art Smith) trails both men, Hugo moves to rid the world of Gagin. But in the midst of this macho maelstrom, a savvy local girl (Wanda Hendrix) emerges as a potential heroine. Read More Read Less

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      Noel Murray The Dissolve If a director's job is to come up with creative ways to convey who characters are and the deeper meaning of their circumstances, Montgomery earns a gold star. Rated: 3.5/5 Mar 16, 2015 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com An exciting film noir gem ripe for rediscovery. Rated: 45 Oct 28, 2020 Full Review Eric Melin Scene-Stealers.com It shows Montgomery still taking chances, retaining some seriously robust cinematic flair, courtesy director of photography Russell Metty. There are lots of long, fluid takes and a very heavy atmosphere throughout. Rated: 3/4 Jun 12, 2015 Full Review Sean Axmaker Parallax View The film is both tough and touching, with crackling dialogue (scripted by the great Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer) and stylized scenes... Apr 25, 2015 Full Review Matt Brunson Creative Loafing The plot isn't the attraction here; instead, it's the intriguing relationships between the characters, the black-and-white camerawork by the great Russell Metty (Touch of Evil, Spartacus), and the scintillating performances by all concerned. Rated: 3.5/4 Apr 4, 2015 Full Review Austin Trunick Under the Radar An under-seen but highly-recommended film. Rated: 7/10 Mar 28, 2015 Full Review Read all reviews

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      Audience Member The most dreadful thing I've ever seen. Photography was good and Fred Clark was good. It resembled a Luis Buñuel film but in a bad way. Some noir elements. Can someone explain what it was all about? Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/30/23 Full Review steve d The performances are better than the script. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Refreshing spin on the typical noir narrative where the runway man learns from the society he is trying to escape in. Most of the time, “Mexico” is someplace to disappear to in film noir, where characters can start over. Here “Mexico” helps the protagonist find friends, stability, and the identity he was supposedly running from. Absolutely beautiful film and highly recommended to any fan of noir! Rated 5 out of 5 stars 03/28/20 Full Review dave j Written and directed by Robert Montgomery, he plays ex-GI Lucky Gagin in search of a person named Frank Hugo, for the intention of getting his share of money owed. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member About as bad as you can get. Cheaply done southern California shots to fake a New Mexican town (no town in New Mexico was like this in the late 1940s, certainly not Santa Fe, the city it was supposed to resemble), poor direction, and an aimless plot added to the quixotic acting by Montgomery, who apparently thought he was doing something novel. The only good character was Pancho, and he stood out because all the others were so bad. This movie does not fit into the film noir category, although it tries to do so. Rated 0.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member There's a lot to admire about this film noir. There's a scene where a character is being beaten by some henchmen and the camera captures it in the background as its focused on kids going round-and-round on a Merry-Go-Round. There's the opening tracking shot that left Martin Scorsese wondering how director Robert Montgomery was able to pull it off (mentioned in the Criterion DVD). There's Thomas Gomez's performance that earned him a Supporting Actor nomination, the first for a Hispanic actor. Was disappointed to hear that an Anglo was playing the role of Pila, but as the movie went on Wanda Hendrix's Pila cast a spell. What a wonderful character. She saved the soul of the protagonist and captured mine. Hendrix made that possible with her quietly effective performance. The end of the movie, when she holds court with her peers, is one of the finest "Hollywood" endings ever. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/13/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Movie Info

      Synopsis Certain that crime boss Frank Hugo (Fred Clark) has offed a pal of his, Lucky Gagin (Robert Montgomery) tails the gangster to a little New Mexico town. Gagin is seeking hush money, and, if he doesn't get it he'll resort to other means of getting even with Hugo. As FBI investigator Bill Retz (Art Smith) trails both men, Hugo moves to rid the world of Gagin. But in the midst of this macho maelstrom, a savvy local girl (Wanda Hendrix) emerges as a potential heroine.
      Director
      Robert Montgomery
      Screenwriter
      Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer
      Distributor
      Universal Pictures
      Genre
      Crime, Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Oct 8, 1947, Original
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 5, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 41m