Ride the Pink Horse

Ride the Pink Horse

Director: Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Rita Conde, Thomas Gomez

Cast: Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Rita Conde, Thomas Gomez

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
The oddly titled Ride the Pink Horse is one of the odder, but more intriguing, entries in the film noirs of the 1940s. The screenplay is overly convoluted and will lose some viewers, but its intricacy seems to derive from some greater purpose than to just keep the audience on its toes; it unsettles viewers even as it challenges them. Director Robert Montgomery and scenarists Ben Hecht, Charles Lederer, and Joan Harrison are creating a psychological mood piece, murky at times, but intentionally so. The journey that the leading character is on is alien to him and feels so to the viewer, but ultimately it is one of redemption. Montgomery's direction is especially fine, taut but evocative. His performance is not quite up to his direction; he's more than adequate, but not as much at home in the role as Humphrey Bogart would have been, and so one too often sees the actor rather than the character making choices. Still, it's strong enough to hold things together, and he gets excellent support from Wanda Hendrix, Andrea King, and Thomas Gomez, among others. Horse has its flaws, but it's a powerful, provocative film that rewards repeated viewings.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/17/2015
UPC:
0715515141512
Original Release:
1947
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
9,711

Special Features

New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; Audio commentary featuring film noir historians Alain Silver and James Ursini; New interview with Imogen Sara Smith, author of In Lonely Places: Film Noir Beyond the City; Lux Radio Theatre adaptation of the film from 1947, featuring Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, and Thomas Gomez; PLUS: an essay by filmmaker and writer Michael Almereyda

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robert Montgomery Blackie Gagin
Wanda Hendrix Pila
Rita Conde Carla
Thomas Gomez Pancho
Fred Clark Frank Hugo
Iris Flores Maria
Andrea King Marjorie
Art Smith Bill Retz
Grandon Rhodes Mr. Edison
Tito Renaldo Bellboy
Richard Gaines Jonathan
Martin Garralaga Barkeeper
Edward Earle Locke
Harold Goodwin Red
Maria Cortez Elevator Girl
Jimmy Ames Actor
Paul Bryar Actor
Robert Cabal Muchachos
John Doucette Actor
Henry Garcia Mexican Boy
Ernest Hilliard Elderly Man
Donald Kerr Headwaiter
Lyle Latell State Trooper
Leon Lenoir Mexican Workman
Paul Maxey Portly Man
Ralph Montgomery Waiter
Howard Negley Actor
Julian Rivero Actor
Beatrice Roberts Manageress
William H. Ruhl Mr. Blaine
Charles Stevens Drunken Mexican
Harry Vejar Barber
Virginia Wave Waitress
Roque Ybarra Actor
Jack Worth Thugs
Jerry DeCastro Mexican Man
Rose Marie Lopez Actor
Jose Alvarado Actor
Robert Espinosa Mexican Boy Crying

Technical Credits
Robert Montgomery Director
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Robert F. Boyle Art Director
Ralph Dawson Editor
Oliver Emert Set Decoration/Design
Russell A. Gausman Set Decoration/Design
Joan Harrison Producer,Screenwriter
Bernard Herzbrun Art Director
Charles Lederer Screenwriter
Russell Metty Cinematographer
Frank Skinner Score Composer
Bud Westmore Makeup
Yvonne Wood Costumes/Costume Designer

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