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Quicksand (1950)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  24 March 1950 (USA)
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After borrowing $20 from his employer's cash register, an auto mechanic is plunged into a series of increasingly disastrous circumstances which rapidly spiral out of his control.

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Dan
Jeanne Cagney ...
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Nick
Taylor Holmes ...
Art Smith ...
Mackey
Wally Cassell ...
Chuck
Richard Lane ...
Lt. Nelson
Patsy O'Connor ...
Millie
John Gallaudet ...
Moriarity
Minerva Urecal ...
Sidney Marion ...
Shorty
Jimmie Dodd ...
Buzz (as Jimmy Dodd)
Lester Dorr ...
Baldy
Kitty O'Neil ...
Madame Zaronga
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Motor mechanic Dan Brady lacks funds for a heavy date with new waitress Vera, the type whose life's ambition is a fur coat; so he embezzles twenty dollars from his employer. To make up the shortage, he goes in debt for a hundred. Thereafter, every means he tries to get out of trouble only gets him deeper into crime, while everyone he meets is out for what they can get. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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A guy who yields to temptation just once...... ....and finds it's once too often! See more »


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During a nightclub scene, Swing era band-leader Red Nichols and His Five Pennies are seen and heard. See more »

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Harvey: Men don't die easily. They take a lot of killing.
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One of the best "B" pictures ever. The milieu - garage, bar, shoddy amusement park - is appropriate and effectively conveyed. Small people, big dreams, temptation, one seemingly insignificant event leading to another: believable and compelling drama, played out in glaring light and sinister shadows. Peter Lorre's quiet menace and Jeanne Cagney's worldly sleaze are particularly outstanding. Mickey Rooney may be somewhat miscast, but his performance adds notably to the rising tension - as does everything else in this fine picture.

All-time memorable moment: Bumping the gypsy fortune teller's booth in the dark arcade, setting off flashing light and jangling music.


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