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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Jeanne Cagney ...
Taylor Holmes ...
Art Smith ...
Wally Cassell ...
Richard Lane ...
Lt. Nelson
Patsy O'Connor ...
John Gallaudet ...
Minerva Urecal ...
Sidney Marion ...
Jimmie Dodd ...
Buzz (as Jimmy Dodd)
Lester Dorr ...
Kitty O'Neil ...
Madame Zaronga


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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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »


Landlady: Serves you right, you hussy!
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27 May 2002 | by See all my reviews

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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