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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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Art Smith ...
Wally Cassell ...
Richard Lane ...
Lt. Nelson
Patsy O'Connor ...
Sidney Marion ...
Buzz (as Jimmy Dodd)
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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A guy who yields to temptation just once...... ....and finds it's once too often! See more »


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Release Date:

24 March 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


This film has one of the first examples of product placement with a box of Bit-O-Honey candy bars by Jeanne Cagney's cash register. See more »


Vera Novak: It's not what you run away to; it's what you run away from.
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Referenced in Hollywood Mouth (2008) See more »

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Andy Hardy goes rotten
15 September 2000 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

One of the lesser-known treasures of classic film noir, this tough little chronicle of a hapless boy taken on a criminal joy ride by his own uncontrollable lusts succeeds partly because of the brick-house design of Cornell Woolrich's original story, partly because of its ingeniously chosen cast. Pairing the still fresh-faced Mickey Rooney with the creepily worn-looking Jeanne Cagney instantly suggests corruption; the subtext that the boy is just a pawn in a weird game being played between this nasty dame and her lover (Peter Lorre, looking one drink over the line) makes the spine crawl.

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