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Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Passed | | 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.


Richard Quine


Blake Edwards (screen play), Richard Quine (adaptation) | 1 more credit »





Cast overview:
Mickey Rooney ... Eddie Shannon
Dianne Foster ... Barbara Mathews
Kevin McCarthy ... Steve Norris
Jack Kelly ... Harold Baker
Harry Landers ... Ralph
Jerry Paris ... Phil
Paul Picerni ... Carl
Dick Crockett ... Don


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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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 »


After Eddie flips the car killing Harold, he goes around to the window to fetch the gun. Harold's arm is hanging out the window, pretty much covered in blood. When the cops arrive, that arm is still hanging out the window, but hardly any blood on it. See more »


From Here to Eternity
by Fred Karger and Robert Wells
played instrumentally as source music
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The Mechanic, The Racer, The Lover and The Avenger
27 December 2018 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In California, the mechanic Eddie Shannon (Mickey Rooney) is also an excellent racing-car driver that expects someday to save money to race in Europe in Le Mans, Grand Prix and other car races driving a European car. Eddie is a short and shy man that has difficulties to date a woman. When the crooks Steve Norris (Kevin McCarthy) and Harold Baker (Jack Kelly) see the performance of Eddie in a local race, they use Steve´s girlfriend Barbara Mathews (Dianne Foster) to seduce Eddie to convince him to drive the getaway car in a bank heist. What will be Eddie´s attitude?

"Drive a Crooked Road" is a film-noir written by Blake Edwards and directed by Richard Quine. Mickey Rooney performs a dark and sad role that seems to be tailored for him. The femme fatale Dianne Foster is the key element of the story, first seducing Eddie and then triggering his anger leaving him full of hatred. The gloomy conclusion surprises, but fits perfectly to the story. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Os Valentões" ("The Bullies")

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Release Date:

10 March 1954 (USA) See more »

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Little Giant See more »

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Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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