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Quicksand (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 March 1950 (USA)
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
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Nick
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Art Smith ...
Mackey
Wally Cassell ...
Chuck
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Lt. Nelson
Patsy O'Connor ...
Millie
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Moriarity
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Sidney Marion ...
Shorty
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Buzz (as Jimmy Dodd)
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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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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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Mickey Rooney attempted to withdraw from the production but producer Samuel H. Stiefel held him to his contract. See more »

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Daniel 'Dan' Brady: I had the right girl all along and I didn't know it.
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References South of St. Louis (1949) See more »

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Wow, was I surprised
29 October 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is a movie you can't leave alone. At no point did I lose interest in it, and I have never been a Mickey Rooney fan, so I wasn't expecting that much, but wow, was I surprised. This is a great story, very logical in the way it develops, and I cannot fault Mickey at all. He was great, very believable and gripping. I guess that's the word, this movie grips you. For once I really cared what was going to happen to someone in a movie. About half way through the meaning of the title flashed in my mind. Quicksand, that's what he was in, all right. And the more he struggled, the more he sank. It took an abrupt plot twist to get out of all this, but I can't complain, it held my interest to the last.


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