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Quicksand (1950)

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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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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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This is the story of a nice guy who borrows $20 from a cash register to keep a date... with a cop... and a killer! See more »


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24 March 1950 (USA)  »

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Also, at about 24 minutes, in the bar scene, there are cases of Pepsi in the background. The ditty Shorty sings on the way to his car is the Pepsi jingle of the era with different lyrics. See more »

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Landlady: Serves you right, you hussy!
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An auto mechanic slips deeper and deeper into the 'quicksand' of crime.
20 October 1998 | by (Tecumseh ok) – See all my reviews

A great little hunk of film noir. Rooney is sympathetic, albeit immoral as the mechanic that steals $20 and slips deeper into despair as the tale moves on. Peter Lorre is despicable as the man you love to hate, the one who drives Rooney deeper into crime. This one was made after the war, as Rooney attempted to regain his box offce appeal in adult roles. A nifty flick,


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