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106 Ratings

Ride the Pink Horse

Directed by Robert Montgomery
United States, 1947
Drama, Thriller, Mystery


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.

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Ride the Pink Horse Directed by Robert Montgomery

Awards & Festivals

Academy Awards

1948 | Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role

Montgomery’s directorial hand is confident and expressive, crafting a clammy, crepuscular atmosphere from just a handful of striking sets and evocative exteriors… And the script, by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, is equally vivid, full of quirky character detail and biting repartee. It’s a dramatically satisfying film, just strange enough to confirm a singular passion and commitment on the part of its creator.
June 05, 2015
[Ride the Pink Horse] is a feast of complex traveling shots… Noirs can be measured by how little weakness they exhibit when dealing out their bad-luck hands, and Montgomery’s movie (written by acid-tongue twins Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer) is a cynical, strong-spined sonofabitch, with one of the genre’s lowest sentiment dosages.
April 10, 2015
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Ride the Pink Horse plays it by classical Hollywood rules, and demonstrates Montgomery’s full mastery of the medium: it’s one of the lightest, most enjoyable films about postwar alienation, poverty, and gleefully sadistic capitalism you’ll ever see—and its cast of veteran players and scene-stealing newcomers is one of the movie’s primary delights.
March 25, 2015
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