Ralph Breaks the Internet
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The main reason it's worth watching is to catch a sleazy Peter Lorre in action.
Mickey Rooney is pretty good (providing one can divorce oneself from his better known persona as a Disney tour guide cliché) as a chump whose one baby mistake snowballs into a swamp of troubles. Peter Lorre is also good as a carnival owner who's looked at one too many tough guys and still is not impressed. They both put their own money into this decent noir about the predictable payoff for cutting corners in life. Barbara Bates brings home the bacon too as the girl-gone-wrong.
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.
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.
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