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Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  10 March 1954 (USA)
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An upright car mechanic falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangster. This forces him to participate in the criminal underworld.



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Eddie Shannon is an undersized, sports-car mechanic who dreams of racing an expensive car in a European meet. He meets and falls in love with Barbara Mathews, and thinks she loves him. She introduces him to Steve Norris and Harold Baker, who ask him to drive the getaway car in a bank robbery they are planning. He refuses, but changes his mind after some gentle persuasion from Barbara. The job is pulled off and, following a wild getaway, Eddie learns that Barbara was just using him and that Steve and Harold have plans to kill him. Gritty retribution is just around the corner. Written by Les Adams <>

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Why would a dame like her go for a guy like me?






Release Date:

10 March 1954 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Little Giant  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Same story line as the Ernest Hemingway 1946 Burt Lancaster/Ava Gardner movie, The Killers which was remade with John Cassavettes, Angie Dickinson, and Ronald Reagan in 1964. See more »


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by Fred Karger and Robert Wells
played instrumentally as source music
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Great performance by Rooney
24 October 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Drive A Crooked Road was a great performance by Mr. Mickey Rooney. I'm never ceased to be amazed by this man's talents. As a child I used to watch his films and he always amazed me then and always will. I recently discovered this classic gem and is one of the best performances of Mr. Rooney's. Mickey Rooney always gives a good performance. Mickey Rooney plays an auto mechanic who is framed by the girl he thinks loves him. Mickey Rooney did a lot of great film noir in the 50's. For other great Rooney 1950's performances check out Baby Face Nelson, The Big Operator, The Last Mile (an amazing performance by Rooney.) You will not be disappointed.

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