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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 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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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 »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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During a nightclub scene, swing-era bandleader Red Nichols and His Five Pennies are seen and heard. See more »

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Vera Novak: Especially those boys. They wouldn't leave me alone.
Daniel 'Dan' Brady: Must have been tough.
Vera Novak: I learned to handle them after awhile.
Daniel 'Dan' Brady: Think you can handle me?
Vera Novak: Sure. I can handle you easy.
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Rooney does melodrama
28 May 2005 | by djensen1See all my reviews

Wow. Mickey Rooney and Peter Lorre. Together. And with Jimmie from the Mickey Mouse Club *and* Jack Elam! I didn't know what to expect. In case you were wondering, Rooney proves he can act in the opening scenes. He's a car mechanic looking to get in good with the new waitress at the diner, but he's flat broke until tomorrow. "Danny" starts down a slippery slope by copping a few bucks from the till at work, then lets Vera (Jeanne Cagney) steer him wrong by way of a game arcade owned by her former employer, Nick (Lorre). Nick makes the creepiest possible arcade owner, and Vera pines darkly for a mink coat in a store window. These are not good people to fall in with.

While the film starts out pretty cleverly, the coincidences start to pile up fast and furious. Danny's little white theft festers into a mugging, grand theft auto, a burglary, and worse. The wrong people keep finding out too much about Danny's activities, and soon the cops are crawling all over him.

The acting is quite good, and the direction and pacing are clean. But the wild improbabilities that have piled up threaten to topple the whole house of cards, from the convenient witnesses to the convenient cops to the convenient car trouble. Remember: Danny is an auto mechanic. He can't keep his own car in running condition? Still, it's a treat to see Rooney in such desperate straits. For those looking for Raymond Chandler, tho, this isn't noir; it's still just melodrama.


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