Quicksand (1950) - Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

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After taking 20 dollars from his employer to go on a date with plans to repay it the next day, an auto mechanic falls into increasingly disastrous circumstances for more and more money which rapidly spirals out of his control.

IMDB: 6.6
Director: Irving Pichel
Stars: Mickey Rooney, Jeanne Cagney
Length: 79 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 8 out of 67 found boring (11.94%)

One-line Reviews (42)

The dialogue is often trite and the plotting unrealistic, as the voice-over wobbles from present to past tense.

In general, the film is loaded with a steady stream of intriguing bit characters popping up every step of the way.

Contrived and unintentionally funny .

The film is not all that powerful though, with poorly suited narration by Rooney and an ending that is contrived and too optimistic to really be acceptable.

We chose this from an online list of Film Noirs, but in fact it turned out to be barely 'noir' at all but a very entertaining little crime thriller.

This movie is fast paced throughout and is well shot on location.

His attempts to create a new image were going nowhere, limited by his own often self-conscious intensity and by what awful offers he was getting.

Exciting, fun, and memorable...

But Quicksand is still an enjoyable Film Noir and one of my favourite Mickey Rooney films.

Quicksand was very enjoyable, though I did find myself starting to anticipate the next trap laid by the victim to his own detriment.

Enjoyable Suspense/Noir Film; Mickey Rooney is excellent .

This is a pretty good crime film and somewhat interesting - I enjoyed it.

First, the film gets off to a slow start.

This is a really enjoyable "out of the frying pan, into the fire" situation as Mickey Rooney digs himself in deeper and deeper.

That's a strong scene, which, with some nice performances, an enjoyable sense of irony, and a handful of prime Noir moments, makes the film worthwhile.

Besides the story itself, there are so many intriguing elements that the picture has to offer that you'll be using the old remote for pauses and replays throughout.

In overall tone, it reminds me of early television, which somehow, often, seems glib or superficial or intent on entertaining regardless of the themes.

but there's plenty of solid, enjoyable film-making here, enough that anyone with a taste for this genre would find it worth their time.

Jeanne Cagney does well as the tough cookie but it is still all pretty tiresome stuff.

However, while this is very intriguing, the execution leaves a bit to be desired, as the chump played by Mickey Rooney is often just too stupid to live!

While running, he and Helen meet kindly attorney Harvey (bland Taylor Holmes), leading to a gunfight at the Santa Monica Pier and Brady's arrest.

The story is interesting, and it holds your attention pretty well despite an occasional hole and some predictable developments.

He's a lot more interested in the allure of the bombshell Jeanne Cagney instead and is bored by Ms. Wholesome.

Too bad the quickening descent into crime is marred by events more contrived than usual.

Watching Brady's life spin out of control because of the $20 is fascinating to watch, primarily because it's happening to wholesome Mickey Rooney.

Small people, big dreams, temptation, one seemingly insignificant event leading to another: believable and compelling drama, played out in glaring light and sinister shadows.

I'll stop right there and say how exciting it is to see Rooney get in so much trouble so quick you'd almost forget his previous roles.

While some might consider it hokey, I liked the way it all ended because it was a bit unpredictable and the lawyer was a really cool guy.

He was great, very believable and gripping.

On a very basic level it is entertaining enough as Dan slowly goes down the toilet in an unintentionally comic way – the saying "can't get a break" is a real understatement in this case and it is actually part of the value of the film that it is so silly.

Veteran director Irving Pichel, probably best known as Gloria Holden's goon assistant in "Daughter of Dracula", keeps things hopping at a nice pace that doesn't let up, culminating in an exciting locale chase scene at the end.

One thing leads to another, and after a series of contrived events Dan is up to his eyeballs in trouble and running from a murder rap.

Although the plot development is obvious and often predictable, it is nevertheless fascinating to follow the protagonist around as his problems gradually spiral out of control.

Everything that was wrong with the Hays Code is shown here: a forgettable plot, pointless exposition, a slight embezzlement unrealistically leading to attempted murder, protagonists with the personality of concrete, and mediocre writing.

Clocking in at nearly 80 minutes, Quicksand doesn't hang around, it's briskly paced and suspenseful into the bargain.

Very entertaining.

The first fifteen minutes or so drag along interminably through a lunch-counter and a mechanic shot before Dan "borrows" a twenty from the register to take a blonde out dancing, thus beginning a brief but intense criminal career.

Very fast-paced and entertaining, things go from bad to worse.

The predicament of an ordinary guy who makes a bad decision which propels him into a nightmare sequence of events, provides the basis for numerous noir stories and in typical fashion, "Quicksand" delivers a fast moving drama which is consistently compelling to watch and full of twists.

Quicksand contains a few winning elements, but for the most part it is extremely contrived and unintentionally funny.

The genuinely entertaining MGM movies he made in the Thirties had faded.

In older films we all expect to see Mickey Rooney dancing and singing with Judy Garland or engaging in juvenile roles in the Andy Hardy series.