Ride the Pink Horse (1947)


“Knife is good. Is more easy to fix. I got knifed three times. When you’re young, everybody sticks knife in you.” – Pancho

Number of Times Seen – 1 (7 Jan 2019)

Brief Synopsis – An army veteran travels to a New Mexican border town to avenge the death of his friend at the hands of a local gangster.

My Take on it – This is another film that I had never heard of before seeing it on a list of films with actors who received Oscar nominations for their performances.

The title sounds quite strange and I didn’t know what to expect from this film.

The premise is actually played out quite well and works largely due to the performance of lead actor (and director) Robert Montgomery.

His character is played as an ordinary man seeking revenge instead of him being an action hero or a superhero and that helps the character resonate really well and allows for the viewer to sympathize with him so much.

Thomas Gomez is also great in a supporting role as a local who helps the main character.

He was quite deserving of earning a Best Supporting Actor nomination for his performance here and stands out among the entire cast.

The story moves along at a great pace and they manage to keep things feeling realistic the whole way through since the characters feel more down to Earth which helps things stay intriguing.

The story stays in constant motion and there is always something happening and this helps keep the story both thrilling and realistic feeling the entire time.

Bottom Line – Great premise that works quite well since the character isn’t an action hero or a superhero but just an ordinary man trying to find a way to avenge his best friends death. Montgomery is great in this role and makes it quite easy to sympathize with his situation. Gomez does a great job in a supporting role and was quite deserving of his Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his performance. The story moves along at a great pace and is constantly in motion which helps keep things feeling both thrilling and realistic the whole way through. Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – Thomas Gomez was nominated for an Oscar–for Best Supporting Actor–for his role in this film, marking the first time a Latino got an Oscar nomination. (From IMDB)

Rating – Globe Worthy (7/10)

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One thought on “Ride the Pink Horse (1947)

  1. Pingback: Did They Get it Right? – Best Supporting Actor – Oscars 1947 | MovieRob

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