Friday, 25 February 2011
Ride the Pink Horse 
Set completely in the locale of an impoverished New Mexican town during the occasion of an exotic annual fiesta, the memorably titled Ride the Pink Horse is an interesting noir, though not as widely known as many of its contemporaries. At its essence, this is a hardboiled story about revenge and personal vindication, where the line between good and bad often gets blurred to the point of invisibility. Robert Montgomery, who also directed the film, starred as Gagin, a laconic and bitter ex-GI, who, in order to get even with the vicious, hard-of-hearing mobster who killed his pal, starts blackmailing him; but things, as expected, do not turn out as he’d planned. On the way to his self-destructive path, the loner Gagin befriends a naïve but pretty and petite Mexican girl, a rotund and gregarious merry-go-round operator, and a world-weary FBI guy who too wants to get the guy, albeit through legal means. Though the film starts exceedingly well, it is somewhat undone by its tad soppy and uneventful climax. However, where it lacked in a powerful plot, this mood-piece more than made that up through distinctive style, evocative atmosphere and moral ambiguity. The film was also helped by good acting and fine photography.
Director: Robert Montgomery
Genre: Crime Thriller/Film Noir