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Tonight, after midnight, we have a time change in the States in which clocks are moved ahead one hour.




As some of you know, I love this film! I can't hardly wait to listen to Eddie's comments about "Ride the Pink Horse" (1947) starring Robert Montgomery, Wanda Hendrix, Thomas Gomez, Art Smith and Fred Clark. Montgomery was a good director that I wished directed more films than this movie along with "Lady in the Lake" in which both films came out in 1947. He directed a few other movies including "The Gallant Hours" and co-directed "They Were Expendable" when John Ford was unable to finish some scenes. One more thing, Joan Harrison produced "Ride the Pink Horse" and it's screenplay was by Ben Hecht and Charles Lederer with the cinematographer being Russell Metty.

I've seen this movie so many times in my lifetime. I know I listened to it, but I don't remember the audio commentary by Silver and Ursini on the Criterion Blu-ray, so I might listen to it again along with that featurette by Imogen Sara Smith, who I always enjoy listening to her "film noir" comments.
 

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I blind bought Pink Horse after reading one of your raves about it a while back and it was a real treat. Looking forward to Eddie’s comments tonight.
 

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I reviewed the Criterion Blu-ray, and I believe that was my first time watching the movie, at least the ENTIRE movie and not just bits and pieces. I really liked it. Looking forward to Noir Alley.
 

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Enjoyed seeing the film again, and it was great to have Eddie/Noir Alley back. As always, the before and after segments could have been double their length and I wouldn't have complained, but at least we have the Criterion to get more information should we so desire.
 

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Ride the Pink Horse. Man, I must be getting short term memory loss because I'm 20 minutes into this before I remember I have the Criterion. Oh, well, it's worth the reviewing. The TCM print was excellent. I particularly enjoyed the lighting this time around, but everything except a couple scenes was a studio set under tight control. I didn't mind Montgomery's performance despite Eddie's other suggestions. I thought he did particularly well with the stabbed version. Such a quirky, atmospheric film that doesn't really have much story besides a premise, but it engagingly holds your interest with great characters, acting and that atmosphere. Que lastima, indeed.

I've stayed at La Fonda hotel in Santa Fe on occasion, so it was also fun to see the lobby recreated here. But the rooms, or at least mine, were a lot smaller than Hugo's here. That room would have taken a whole wing. I also loved the little Kachina doll Pila gives Cagin. I have one made by a Hopi Indian, the Black Ogre, which is supposed to scare children into behaving. I guess it worked because my son sailed through grade school and graduated college with honors and already has a good job at EA Games. I guess I was the rebel that needed it more.
 

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I think the audio commentary by Alain Silver and James Ursini is one of their best commentaries. I found it very informative with a little bit of humor which is unusual for those two guys.:) The 20 minute featurette with Imogen Sara Smith is excellent. I like to see her do an audio commentary with Eddie so he can loosen her up just a bit with his sense of humor.:) Don't get me wrong, I love Smith's commentary, but she can be a little dry at times.

As to the film itself, I've seen "Ride the Pink Horse" so many times over the years, I have lost count, but it remains a personal favorite "noir" movie of mine. The same is true with "Lady in the Lake" which has become an annual Christmas viewing tradition for me. I think that film is an underrated movie too. The thing I really like about "Ride the Pink Horse" is the personal journey taken by Gagin as he regains his humanity with the help of Pancho and Pila. Those two type of characters you don't see much in "nolr" films in which they're good people without the need for money which is the prime motivator for most "noir" characters. Also, a shout out to Dorothy B. Hughes, who wrote the book "Ride the Pink Horse" as well as two other film adapted books that are favorite movies of mine "The Fallen Sparrow" and "In a Lonely Place".

One more thing, I would love to see the below 1964 TV adaptation of "Ride the Pink Horse". With such a great cast and director, it would've been interesting to see that TV movie as well as the one episode that Robert Montgomery did of "Ride the Pink Horse" on his "Robert Montgomery Presents" TV series back in 1950.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Hanged_Man_(1964_film)
 

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Kino's Blu-ray release of "Night Passage" is one beautiful looking disc. It's the best this "Technirama" movie ever looked with my eyes. I need to compare it to the German Blu-ray, but from my memory, the Kino BD looks better to me. This is one western I always enjoyed watching with beautiful film sequences throughout the movie, though, there are plenty of process shots along with some studio set sequences. A great cast of actors with a couple of actresses that I always enjoyed seeing in movies.
 

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Poor Eddie taking some incoming from people that don't understand what "Noir" is compared to a "murder mystery".

 
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Holy crap when I saw Noir Alley posted a statement by Ben Mankiewicz I thought Eddie had died and my heart skipped ;)
 
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TCM's Noir Alley 2020 schedule:

03-07-20: Ride the Pink Horse (1947)
03-14-20: I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
03-21-20: Elevator to the Gallows (1958)
03-28-20: Crime Wave (1954)
04-04-20: Address Unknown (1944)
04-11-20: Beyond a Reasonable Doubt (1956)
04-18-20: Witness to Murder (1954)
04-25-20: Wicked Woman (1954)
05-02-20: Fallen Angel (1945)
05-09-20: Mildred Pierce (1945)
05-16-20: The Crimson Kimono (1959)
05-23-20: Cornered (1945)
05-30-20: A Kiss Before Dying (1956)
06-06-20: The Underworld Story (1950)
06-13-20: Murder by Contract (1958)
06-20-20: Underworld U.S.A. (1961)
06-27-20: The Lady from Shanghai (1947)
07-04-20: The Sign of the Ram (1948)
07-11-20: Bodyguard (1948)
07-18-20: Three Strangers (1946)
07-25-20: The Breaking Point (1950)
 

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FYI - while the upcoming title Crime Wave has been on Noir Alley before, Eddie's intro/outro will be new.
 

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