Ride the Pink Horse

Ride the Pink Horse

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A striking crime drama based on a novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. A tough-talking former GI who comes to a small New Mexico town to shake down a gangster who killed his best friend; things quickly turn nasty.

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patch666
Jun 14, 2017

Classic obscure film noir ~ 420

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eusebius
Oct 01, 2016

This film resembles a noir of the period melded with Robert Flaherty's ethnological explorations, as though Louisiana Story had been moved hundreds of miles west and the Cajuns replaced by Mexican Indians. Wanda Hendrix is fine as the girl, Thomas Gomez stands out as the merry go round owner, but Montgomery is terrible as the revenge-seeking gunman--he's not remotely a tough guy.

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lukasevansherman
Mar 06, 2016

The good folks at Criterion's uncovered this little known film noir from the 1940s. Actor Robert Montgomery directs and stars in this somewhat offbeat entry in the genre. Though most films favor the big city, "Pink Horse" (the title references a carousel) is set in a quaint, if seedy, New Mexican town. It's also unusual in that their are a number of prominent Hispanic characters, including one played by Thomas Gomez, who was nominated for an Oscar. I disagree with the previous comment that thought Montgomery was miscast. While hardly an actor of much range, that works for him playing a character who is taciturn and a bit mysterious. Co-written by Ben Hect. Has some similarities with "Touch of Evil" and "Border Incident."

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Fuzzy_Wuzzy
Feb 20, 2016

For me - This film's protagonist "Lucky" Gagan (played by Robert Montgomery) was so dislikeable in nature that, right from the start, the only thing that I wanted was to see him get bumped off, like, pronto! (which, of course, never happened)

Had this role of "Lucky" been played by, say, Robert Mitchum, then, yes, I could have easily excused his unpleasant manner ('cause Mitchum would've played this particular personality trait so much more differently).

But, Montgomery (whose forte was usually "screwball" comedy fluff) just didn't have the acting chops to turn belligerence and antagonism into an asset. All he came across to me as being was just "contemptible nastiness" personified, and not much more than that.

Of course, it was, indeed, Robert Montgomery who directed this film, as well, so, I guess, he played "Lucky" any old way he pleased.

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Onewhoissaved
Feb 06, 2016

"Ride The Pink Horse", 1947, stars well respected actor and director Robert Montgomery. Montgomery was clear voiced and very, very purposeful in all his movies. However, as a tough guy physically I am not convinced that he had the body for it. But in Hollywood they tell you up front what to believe and somehow convince you to hold that belief when you are inwardly weighing the truth. I didn't care much for this story. Actor Thomas Gomez was very good. Actor Fred Clark is too bald and too toothy for my liking. His hearing aid device is the size of an I-phone. Modern audiences will have difficulty accepting this movie as possible.

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houman_babai
Oct 02, 2015

Excellent! One of the best film noir I've seen. Fantastic lighting & cinematography. A superb and modern performance by Robert Montgomery. Fascinating characters, circumstances and locals. The final sequence is emotionally packed, feel good but at the same time existential - gave me goosebumps. Really awesome, it is a gem. And if you like commentaries, there is an excellent commentary track.

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voisjoe1_0
Jul 06, 2015

Robert Montgomery directs and stars in this 1947 noirish film, which begins as Montgomery as a hard-boiled type flies to a Mexican village. For a large part of the film, we watch and hope to determine what Montgomery’s character is planning to do in this little village, though it seems what he is planning is not going to be all wine and roses. I find it amazing that this film has been out of circulation for so long. It really is one of the best noirish films of the time.

carnett1 May 31, 2015

This is a personal vendetta without professionalism using professional skills.

7duffy May 29, 2015

Very good Film Noir, directed by and starring Robert Montgomery. Watch it once and then watch again w/the commentary.

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