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Ride the Pink Horse

Robert Montgomery

 
Ride the Pink Horse (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • United States
  • 1947
  • 101 minutes
  • Black and White
  • 1.37:1
  • English
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  • Spine #750

Hollywood actor turned idiosyncratic auteur Robert Montgomery directs and stars in this striking crime drama based on a novel by Dorothy B. Hughes. He plays 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. Ride the Pink Horse features standout supporting performances by Fred Clark, Wanda Hendrix, and especially Thomas Gomez, who became the first Hispanic actor to receive an Academy Award nomination for his role here. With its relentless pace, expressive cinematography by the great Russell Metty, and punchy, clever script by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer, this is an overlooked treasure from the heyday of 1940s film noir.

Credits

DirectorRobert Montgomery
Produced byJoan Harrison
MusicFrank Skinner
Director of photographyRussell Metty
Assistant directorJohn F. Sherwood
ScreenplayBen Hecht and Charles Lederer
From the novel byDorothy B. Hughes
Art directionBernard Herzbrun and Robert Boyle
Film editorRalph Dawson
SoundLeslie I. Carey and Jack A. Bolger Jr.
Set decorationsRussell A. Gausman and Oliver Emert
OrchestrationsDavid Tamkin
HairstylistCarmen Dirigo
MakeupBud Westmore
GownsYvonne Wood

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • 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

    New cover by Marc Burckhardt

Film Essays

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Ride the Pink Horse: Bad Luck All Around

By Michael Almereyda March 16, 2015

Director and star Robert Montgomery suffuses his moody 1947 New Mexico–set noir with palpable postwar anxiety and expressive fatalism. Read more »

Big Screen

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Ride the Pink Horse Burns Up Santa Fe

September 04, 2015

Look what’s on the cover of Pasatiempo, the Santa Fe New Mexican’s weekly arts magazine, this morning! Robert Montgomery’s brilliant if underseen 1947 noir Ride the Pink Horse is screening . . . Read more »


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Inside the Pink Stable

By Chuck Stephens March 25, 2015

Long unheralded and at last rediscovered, actor-director Robert Montgomery’s Ride the Pink Horse is one of the key Hollywood features of 1947, the year film noir flooded the screen like a . . . Read more »


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Film Essays

Pinkhorse1_thumbnail

Ride the Pink Horse: Bad Luck All Around

By Michael Almereyda March 16, 2015

Director and star Robert Montgomery suffuses his moody 1947 New Mexico–set noir with palpable postwar anxiety and expressive fatalism. Read more »

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