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Quicksand (1950)

After borrowing twenty dollars 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.

Director:

Irving Pichel

Writer:

Robert Smith (original screenplay)
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mickey Rooney ... Dan
Jeanne Cagney ... Vera
Barbara Bates ... Helen
Peter Lorre ... Nick
Taylor Holmes ... Harvey
Art Smith ... Mackey
Wally Cassell ... Chuck
Richard Lane ... Lt. Nelson
Patsy O'Connor Patsy O'Connor ... Millie
John Gallaudet ... Moriarity
Minerva Urecal ... Landlady
Sidney Marion Sidney Marion ... Shorty
Jimmie Dodd ... Buzz (as Jimmy Dodd)
Lester Dorr ... Baldy
Kitty O'Neil Kitty O'Neil ... Madame Zaronga
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Sables mouvants See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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(At around twenty-four 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 »

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Daniel 'Dan' Brady: [singing] There's blues, in your big brown eyes.
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27 May 2002 | by jaykay-10See 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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