Quicksand (1950) (1950)


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Mickey Rooney, with his kid roles and musicals behind him, went for a major change of image in this harrowing film noir. He gives what many consider to be the best performance of his career as Danny Brady, a well-meaning grease monkey whose life is destroyed in less than a week. Danny finds himself short of cash when he's supposed to take out Vera (Jeanne Cagney), a waitress whom he's just met who works at a hash-house. He borrows 20 dollars from the cash register, planning on paying it back … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert Smith (I), Robert Smith
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On DVD: Nov 7, 2000
Synergy Entertainment



as Daniel 'Dan' Brady

as Nick Dramoshag

as Vera Novak

as Helen Calder

as Harvey

as Mackey, garage owne...

as Moriarity

as Landlady

as Lt. Nelson

as Baldy

as Madame Zaronga

as Watchman

as Auditor

as Motorcycle Officer

as Buzz
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Critic Reviews for Quicksand (1950)

All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

The main reason it's worth watching is to catch a sleazy Peter Lorre in action.

Full Review… | November 13, 2009
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

July 30, 2005

March 19, 2004
Las Vegas Review-Journal

Audience Reviews for Quicksand (1950)


the only mickey rooney movie i like and the only movie i didn't find him abrasive in. as a matter of fact, he could be quite talented, considering also his performance in one episode of twilight zone.

Veronique Kwak

Super Reviewer

Quicksand is a classic example of what I like to call a Damn Shame. It has great direction, great photography and a great supporting cast. But sticking Mickey Rooney as the lead in what had all the possibilities to be considered one of the great examples of film noir is like sticking a moose-hunting rookie governor made out of turkey giblets in your VP spot for your presidential run. Easily one of the biggest casting mistakes you've never heard of. Not bad to check out if you can get past the war crime casting but Rooney was just to weird, annoying and above all, unbelievable. But the scene where Rooney fights Peter Lorre was damn funny. It was like watching two trannies fight.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer


Moral of the story: Beware the blonde, stick to the brunette. Not bad Rooney flick of sucker being drawn further and further into crime.

Bob Brownlee

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