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Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 March 1954 (USA)
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 <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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


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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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From Here to Eternity
by Fred Karger and Robert Wells
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Drive A Crooked Rode Hits Right Path ***
1 May 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hell hath no fury like a man scorned.

Mickey Rooney starts out as if he is a Danny Kaye milque-toast character. Taken in by Diane Foster, he soon meets up with 2 guys who want his driving talent to be used in robbing a bank.

Rooney is great here as he goes from a quite guy, afraid of really living to aiding the guys in the heist.

Hurt by the betrayal of Foster, she shows compassion at the end and this leads to tragedy as Rooney becomes a killer.

This is really film-noir at its very best.

The robbery was a complete success but the thieves were done in by personal reactions. This one is worth catching.


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