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Ride the Pink Horse (1947)




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Robert Montgomery directed and starred in this exotic film noir set during a New Mexico fiesta. Montgomery plays a secretive ex-GI who plans to extort money from a prominent gangster (Fred Clark) as retribution for the death of Montgomery's best friend. An FBI man (Art Smith) would like the government to get the incriminating information on the gangster that Montgomery is carrying. Trailed by the FBI agent, Montgomery takes refuge at an old carousel, where he meets a Mexican gamin (Wanda Hendrix) who refuses to leave his side. The girl is on hand when the gangster catches up with Montgomery and has him beaten. She nurses Montgomery back to health, but the would-be blackmailer is determined to confront the gangster again. This time, however, the FBI agent comes to the rescue. Ride the Pink Horse is a properly moody melodrama, containing one of the few truly good performances from eternal ingenue Wanda Hendrix. The film was remade for TV in 1964 as The Hanged Man.

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Robert Montgomery
as Lucky Gagin
Fred Clark
as Frank Hugo
Andrea King
as Marjorie
Art Smith
as Bill Retz
Grandon Rhodes
as Mr. Edison
Tito Renaldo
as Bellboy
Maria Cortez
as Elevator Girl
Paul Maxey
as Portly Man
Leonardo Scavino
as Mexican Workman
Beatrice Roberts
as Manageress
Julian Rivero
as Mexican Man
Jerry De Castro
as Mexican Man
Paul Bryar
as State Trooper
Lyle Latell
as State Trooper
Charles Stevens
as Drunken Mexican
William H. Ruhl
as Mr. Blaine
Ernest Hilliard
as Elderly Man
Virginia Wave
as Waitress
Amadita Garcia
as Mexican Girl
Connie Asins
as Mexican Girl
Rose Marie Lopez
as Mexican Girl
Martha Brenes
as Mexican Girl
Olga Perez
as Mexican Girl
Carmen Pallais
as Mexican Girl
Miguel Tapia
as Mexican Boy
Roque Ybarra
as Mexican Boy
Jose Alvarado
as Mexican Boy
Adam Henry Garcia
as Mexican Boy
Robert Espinosa
as Mexican Boy Crying
Robert Cabal
as Muchacho
Donald Kerr
as Headwaiter
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Critic Reviews for Ride the Pink Horse

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

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.

March 16, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

An exciting film noir gem ripe for rediscovery.

October 28, 2020 | Rating: 45 | Full Review…

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.

June 12, 2015 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The film is both tough and touching, with crackling dialogue (scripted by the great Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer) and stylized scenes...

April 25, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

April 4, 2015 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

An under-seen but highly-recommended film.

March 28, 2015 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Ride the Pink Horse


the actor robert montgomery both directs and stars in this noir set in the new mexican desert. haunting images, mysterious characters, hard-boiled dialogue, yet all is not as cynical as it first seems. a powerful film with delicious atmosphere

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