Ride the Pink Horse

Synopsis: 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. Everyone in town is enigmatic, especially Pila, a mystical teenager who follows Gagin around and has premonitions of his death. Also involved are a classic femme fatale and an antique carousel with a pink horse...
Director(s): Robert Montgomery
Production: Universal Pictures
Rotten Tomatoes:
101 min

Well, that's being stoop

up rather thoroughly.

You're not leaving?


But we could have dinner

in the room.

Frank's already ordered it.

No, thanks.

I'll be seeing Frank early.

Who shall I say called?

Just tell him Shorty's pal called...

and will call again.

Hello there, Mr. Gagin.

How about some lunch?

The grill's open.

Who are you?

My name's Retz.

R-E-T-Z-- Retz.

I don't know you.

Well, come along inside.

We'll have a cup of coffee

get acquainted, again.

Got my name, huh?

Oh, I got a lot of things.

For instance?

Well, you come in on the 4:00 BUS

sat up all the way

from Washington D.C.

that was a cute little trick you pulled

with your note for Frank Hugo

to find his room number.

You waited till he phoned

he wasn't coming till tomorrow.

Also, you haven't had any lunch.

Neither have I.

How about a bite?

I'll have a cup of coffee

and some Danish pastry.

Yes, sir.

What are you having, Gagin?

Not a thing.

That'll be all, then.

I guess you know

you're not going to find

a room in this town.

The fiesta's got her

filled up to her ears.

It starts tomorrow night.

Lots of excitement.

Floats, dancing in the streets--

The indians put on

a special show.

You a cop?

That's about right.


Government cop.

My, my.

How come you're

tailing me, Uncle Sam?

Oh, thank you, ma'am.

You'll excuse me.

Oh, I'm not tailing you.

I got in yesterday

ahead of you.

Come for the fiesta?

I didn't know about the fiesta.

You and the fiesta are both gravy.

Who's going to ask

the questions-- me or you?

Go ahead.

I'm not used to pumping cops.

Oh, I don't mind.

How come you know me?

Saw you in Washington

at Shorty Thompson's inquest.

Some inquest that was, huh?

You testified you had no idea

who killed your pal.

Yeah, the cops and I

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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht (1894–1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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