Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Drive a Crooked Road


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In this film noir, a melancholy mechanic and race car driver is coerced into assisting two bank robbers pull a bank heist. They lure him in with one of the robber's beautiful girlfriends. He helps them with the job. The thieves reward him. Accompanied by one of the thieves he is forced, at gunpoint to drive to an isolated place where they plan to kill him. Instead, the driver wrecks the car and kills the thief. He too is injured, but somehow makes it back to the hideout where he finds the other … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Richard Quine, Blake Edwards
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as Eddie Shannon

as Barbara Mathews

as Steve Norris

as Harold Baker

as Garage Foreman

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Police Officer

as Customer
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All Critics (4) | Top Critics (1)

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Rooney is certainly understated and extremely effective. Richard Quine keeps everything in nice balance and by its downer of an ending, Drive a Crooked Road turns out to be quietly affecting.

Full Review… | February 23, 2012

... what I like to call beachhouse noir, a world away from the classic nocturnal urban style with its coast highways and sunny beaches and sleek West Coast architecture.

Full Review… | February 19, 2012
Parallax View

It's the simpleness of this tale and lack of any pretensions that makes it convincing but not necessarily sparkling.

Full Review… | September 3, 2003
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Audience Reviews for Drive a Crooked Road

Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Mickey Rooney doing a film noir? It's hard to believe, but yeah, and to top that off, it's kind of a racing picture too. Rooney plays Eddie Shannon, a sports car mechanic and an amateur racer with dreams of racing in Europe. Because of his small size and a bad scar from a past accident, he's not a lady's man.

Naturally, he's an easy mark for Barbara Mathews (Dianne Foster) who is working for Steve Norris (Kevin McCarthy) and Harold Baker (Jack Kelly) who want Eddie to be their wheel man on a bank robbery.

Eddie is an all around nice guy, but who can say no to Barbara, who isn't feeling good about using Eddie this way. And, everyone suspects that Steve and Harry are going to take poor Eddie out after the job.

Rick Rudge

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