Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

100-101 mins | Film noir | 12 September 1947

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HISTORY

According to Universal press materials, portions of Ride the Pink Horse were filmed on location in Santa Fe, NM. Universal press materials also state that the fictional town of "San Pablo" was a composite of the Hispanic areas of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos, NM. According to LAT , Universal paid the city of Taos $2,000 to ship "Tio Vivo," its 1882 carousel, to California for use on this film.
       According to information contained in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the original script for Ride the Pink Horse was approved by the PCA, though the Breen Office did harbor reservations about the drunkenness present in the story. In a 23 Oct 1947 letter to the Breen Office, independent producer Sol Wurtzel complanined about the excessive drinking in Ride the Pink Horse , and asked "If there is a different rule in the association for 'A' pictures and a different one for so-called 'B' pictures?" In 1948, NYT reported that Ben Hecht's name was omitted from the screen credits of Ride the Pink Horse in England because of the writer's critical remarks about the British military presence in Palestine. Thomas Gomez was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ride the Pink Horse , but lost to Edmund Gwenn for his work in the Twentieth Century-Fox film, Miracle on 34th Street (See Entry). Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix and Thomas Gomez reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre version of Ride the Pink Horse on 8 ... More Less

According to Universal press materials, portions of Ride the Pink Horse were filmed on location in Santa Fe, NM. Universal press materials also state that the fictional town of "San Pablo" was a composite of the Hispanic areas of Santa Fe, Albuquerque and Taos, NM. According to LAT , Universal paid the city of Taos $2,000 to ship "Tio Vivo," its 1882 carousel, to California for use on this film.
       According to information contained in the file on the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, the original script for Ride the Pink Horse was approved by the PCA, though the Breen Office did harbor reservations about the drunkenness present in the story. In a 23 Oct 1947 letter to the Breen Office, independent producer Sol Wurtzel complanined about the excessive drinking in Ride the Pink Horse , and asked "If there is a different rule in the association for 'A' pictures and a different one for so-called 'B' pictures?" In 1948, NYT reported that Ben Hecht's name was omitted from the screen credits of Ride the Pink Horse in England because of the writer's critical remarks about the British military presence in Palestine. Thomas Gomez was nominated for an Academy Award as Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Ride the Pink Horse , but lost to Edmund Gwenn for his work in the Twentieth Century-Fox film, Miracle on 34th Street (See Entry). Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix and Thomas Gomez reprised their roles in a Lux Radio Theatre version of Ride the Pink Horse on 8 Dec 1947. The Dorothy B. Hughes novel was filmed again for television in 1964 under the title The Hanged Man . The NBC network production starred Edmond O'Brien and Robert Culp, and was directed by Don Siegel. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
SOURCE CITATIONS
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DATE
PAGE
Box Office
20 Sep 1947.
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Film Daily
12 Sep 47
p. 10
Hollywood Reporter
9 May 47
p. 21.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Sep 47
p. 3.
Independent Film Journal
24 May 47
p. 51.
Los Angeles Times
1 Jun 1947.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
20 Sep 47
p. 3841.
New York Times
9 Oct 47
p. 32.
New York Times
14 Oct 1948.
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Variety
17 Sep 47
p. 16.
CAST
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CREDITED AS
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Asst dir
PRODUCER
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Scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
Dir of photog
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Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
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COSTUMES
Gowns
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MAKEUP
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Ride the Pink Horse by Dorothy B. Hughes (New York, 1946).
DETAILS
Release Date:
12 September 1947
Production Date:
early May--early July 1947
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Co., inc.
Copyright Date:
31 October 1947
Copyright Number:
LP1338
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
100-101
Country:
United States
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Veteran Lucky Gagin arrives in the New Mexico town of San Pablo, where he hopes to blackmail Frank Hugo, a former war profiteer who murdered his friend, Shorty Thompson. After hiding a canceled check inside a bus terminal locker, Lucky meets Pila, a young Mexican American girl, who gives him a good luck charm. Lucky then goes to Hugo's hotel room, where he has a run-in with Hugo's secretary, Jonathan. There, he also meets Marjorie, Hugo's gold- digging girl friend. Upon leaving Hugo's room, Lucky is invited to lunch by Bill Retz, a government agent, who warns Lucky against avenging Shorty's death. With all the town's hotel rooms filled because of an upcoming fiesta, Lucky goes to the Cantina de las tres violetas, where he meets Pancho, a carousel operator. After a evening of drinking, the drunken Lucky and Pancho spend the night at the Mexican's outdoor domicile. They are soon joined by the homeless Pila, who falls asleep on Pancho's merry-go-round. Later, Retz arrives and warns Lucky that Locke, Hugo's partner, has hired two thugs to kill him. The next morning, Lucky meets with Hugo, who is deaf, and he admits to having killed the blackmailing Shorty. Lucky then tells Hugo that he has a canceled check for $100,000 which Hugo used to bribe a high government official, and demands $30,000 for its return. Hugo concedes to Lucky's demands, and they agree to meet that night at the Tip Top Café. Marjorie then offers to join forces with Lucky, hoping to blackmail Hugo for even more money, but Lucky refuses. That night at the café, Marjorie lures Lucky ... +


Veteran Lucky Gagin arrives in the New Mexico town of San Pablo, where he hopes to blackmail Frank Hugo, a former war profiteer who murdered his friend, Shorty Thompson. After hiding a canceled check inside a bus terminal locker, Lucky meets Pila, a young Mexican American girl, who gives him a good luck charm. Lucky then goes to Hugo's hotel room, where he has a run-in with Hugo's secretary, Jonathan. There, he also meets Marjorie, Hugo's gold- digging girl friend. Upon leaving Hugo's room, Lucky is invited to lunch by Bill Retz, a government agent, who warns Lucky against avenging Shorty's death. With all the town's hotel rooms filled because of an upcoming fiesta, Lucky goes to the Cantina de las tres violetas, where he meets Pancho, a carousel operator. After a evening of drinking, the drunken Lucky and Pancho spend the night at the Mexican's outdoor domicile. They are soon joined by the homeless Pila, who falls asleep on Pancho's merry-go-round. Later, Retz arrives and warns Lucky that Locke, Hugo's partner, has hired two thugs to kill him. The next morning, Lucky meets with Hugo, who is deaf, and he admits to having killed the blackmailing Shorty. Lucky then tells Hugo that he has a canceled check for $100,000 which Hugo used to bribe a high government official, and demands $30,000 for its return. Hugo concedes to Lucky's demands, and they agree to meet that night at the Tip Top Café. Marjorie then offers to join forces with Lucky, hoping to blackmail Hugo for even more money, but Lucky refuses. That night at the café, Marjorie lures Lucky outside, where he is attacked and stabbed by two of Hugo's men. Lucky defeats the mobsters, killing one, and escapes into the woods. Pila finds him, the she and Pancho tend to his wounds and hide him from Hugo's thugs. Lucky and Pila later go back to the cantina, where he gives her the canceled check. Red, one of Hugo's goons, arrives at the cantina, but he is knocked unconscious by Pila, who then places the semi-conscious Lucky inside a bus. As she tries to find the ticket master, however, Lucky wanders back into town. Before Pila can stop him, Lucky arrives at Hugo's room, and they are both beaten up by Hugo's men because the injured Lucky cannot remember where the check is. They are saved by Retz, and after Hugo offers him $300,000 for the check, Lucky defiantly gives the check to the government agent. A few days later, Lucky frets about how he is going to leave town without breaking Pila's heart, but it is she who says goodbye to him, making her the envy of all her friends. +

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