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Quicksand (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 24 March 1950 (USA)
After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals 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 restaurant cashier Vera, the type whose life's ambition is a mink coat; so he embezzles twenty dollars from his employer with plans to repay it the next day. 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 financial difficulties that lead to bigger crimes as everyone he meets is out for themselves. 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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Solid Film-Noir With A Good Cast, Especially Lorre
6 October 2005 | by Snow LeopardSee all my reviews

The good cast is the main strength of this solid, rather unassuming film-noir. In particular, Peter Lorre is excellent in a supporting role, and Mickey Rooney strikes a good balance with the main character, who is sympathetic without being particularly likable. The story is interesting, and it holds your attention pretty well despite an occasional hole and some predictable developments.

Rooney's character narrates a cautionary tale of how a questionable decision or two, combined with some bad breaks, caused his life to spiral downhill (in keeping with the "Quicksand" image of the title). For it to work, the audience has to sympathize with the character even while cringing at some of his choices, and Rooney is successful in making this happen. Jeanne Cagney gets one of her larger roles as a disreputable woman who helps lead Rooney's character astray, while Barbara Bates is well-cast as his loyal girlfriend. Art Smith is good in a minor role.

Lorre is the one who stands out in the cast, though, playing the kind of crafty lowlife that he portrayed as well as or better than anyone else has before or since. He makes Nick, the arcade owner, shabby but menacing, clever but brutal, and it adds considerably both to the atmosphere and to the impact of the story.

The story works all right as long as you go along with it, and overlook an implausibility or two here and there. The cast does most of the work, but some of the settings also help out in establishing the atmosphere. The mechanic's shop and the dingy arcade, as well as the pier in the climactic scene, all form an appropriate background to the events of the story.


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