Drive a Crooked Road (1954) - Rotten Tomatoes

Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

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Movie Info

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, and he helps them with the job. The thieves reward him but make plans to dispose of him.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Written By:
In Theaters:
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Runtime:
Studio:
Columbia Pictures

Cast

Mickey Rooney
as Eddie Shannon
Dianne Foster
as Barbara Mathews
Kevin McCarthy
as Steve Norris
Jack Kelly
as Harold Baker
Mort Mills
as Garage Foreman
Peggy Maley
as Marge
Mike Mahoney
as Police Officer
George Paul
as Police Officer
John Damler
as Police Officer
John Close
as Police Officer
Mel Roberts
as Customer
Howard Wright
as People
Jean Engstrom
as People
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Critic Reviews for Drive a Crooked Road

All Critics (3)

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
Scene-Stealers.com

... 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
Rick Rudge

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