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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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This is the story of a nice guy who borrows $20 from a cash register to keep a date... with a cop... and a killer! See more »


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Trivia

Mickey Rooney co-financed the film with Peter Lorre. See more »

Goofs

When Dan pays Lt. Nelson the money he owes for the watch he counts out $100 in cash. But he only owed $99 for the watch as he had already put $1 down for it at the jeweler's. See more »

Quotes

Vera Novak: I want that coat. And I'm gonna get it.
Daniel 'Dan' Brady: For two thousand dollars?
Vera Novak: For whatever it takes.
Daniel 'Dan' Brady: Hey, wait a minute. You... you really do want it, don't you?
Vera Novak: You bet I do.
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Connections

Referenced in Troma Tour 5000 (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

Low Bridge, Everybody Down
aka "Fifteen Miles on the Erie Canal"
Lyrics and Music written by Thomas S. Allen
Performed by Sidney Marion
(uncredited)
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Rooney Shows His Talent
23 December 2005 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here's an unusual film noir because it stars an actor that you wouldn't think would be in a crime film: Mickey Rooney.

But, like a lot of comedians, singers and other non-dramatic actors, Rooney could surprise you with his dramatic talents. He wasn't all Andy Hardy fluff.

Rooney was a fine, fine actor and he does a good job here in this role as a man who makes one mistake after another. Those mistakes compound into a major crime and Rooney winds up in major trouble. In fact, it's pretty amazing to watch this unfold as one small crime leads to one thing after another making things worse and worse as it goes along.

Jeanne Cagney is good as the typically-floozy blonde who is prevalent in so many of these film noirs. Barbara Bates is the wholesome good girl, but she really makes some stupid decisions late in the film, too. In other words, the three main characters are not evil people but they have major flaws.

Overall, it's an odd film of sorts and one that starts slowly but gets better and better as the story progresses. Definitely worth a look to see Rooney play this kind of role.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 March 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Quicksand See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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