Quicksand

1950

Irving Pichel
Director
Samuel H. Stiefel Productions
Production Company
United Artists
Studio

Poor mechanic Rooney borrows twenty bucks from the till to take a floozy out on a date, and things go downhill from there.

Neat little noir with strong performances from Rooney and Cagney. Falls short of greatness, mainly because every move Rooney makes is so boneheaded as to be unbelievable except as an extreme case of social Darwinism. The sappy happy ending is also a big letdown.

Easy to interpret Rooney's character as a down on his luck Andy Hardy, unable to cope with life in the real world outside cozy Carvel life and the protection of the Judge. And this is what makes it one of his best films.

-Dave W.


Quicksand
24th March 1950
Cinema



79 mins
1.37:1

Quicksand (1950/ Image)
7th November 2000
DVD




1.33:1




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Mickey Rooney
Dan Brady
Jeanne Cagney
Vera Novak
Barbara Bates
Helen Calder
Peter Lorre
Nick Dramoshag
Taylor Holmes
Harvey
Wally Cassell
Chuck Davis
Art Smith
Orrin Mackey
Richard Lane
Lieutenant Nelson
Patsy O'Connor
Millie
John Gallaudet
Moriarity
Minerva Urecal
Vera's Landlady
Sidney Marion
Shorty McCabe
Jimmie Dodd
Buzz Larson
Lester Dorr
Baldy, the Jeweler
Kitty O'Neil
Madame Zaronga
Frank Marlowe
Watchman
Alvin Hammer
George, Auditor
Ray Teal
Motorcycle Officer
Tom Monroe
Motorcycle Officer
(as Tom Munro)
Red Nichols and His Five Pennies
Themselves
Jimmy Cross
Sailor in Arcade
(uncredited)
Unknown 15473-01
Pawnbroker
Unknown 15473-02
Phil, Bartender
Jack Elam
Bar Customer
(uncredited)
Joe Ploski
Bar Customer
(uncredited)
Unknown 15473-03
Evelyn, the Witness
Suzanne Ridgeway
Woman at Nightclub Bar
(uncredited)
Unknown 15473-04
Man in Nightclub
Bert Stevens
Nightclub Table Extra
(uncredited)
David McMahon
Smitty, Police Sergeant
(uncredited)
Unknown 15473-05
Motorcycle Officer Writing Ticket
Irving Pichel
Voice: Radio Announcer
(uncredited)
Donald Kerr
Pier Spectator
(uncredited)
Joe Ploski
Pier Spectator
(uncredited)
Harry Wilson
Pier Spectator
(uncredited)
Santa Monica Pier
Itself

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