Sunday, February 10, 2013
The local library here showed this movie yesterday. The audience was small, mostly homeless guys and us. But the film was free and they even provided popcorn.
I didn't expect to like QUICKSAND because I have never been a great Mickey Rooney fan. But he did a fine job of portraying a guy who borrows $20 from his boss' cash register and finds himself in a world of trouble as this kind of movie likes to say. The first sixty minutes were classic noir: Peter Lorre is fantastic as the owner of a beachside arcade. The femme fatale (Cagney) is perfect. The good girl's casted well too.
But then it's as if someone said, "Wait, this is Mickey Rooney. We can't have him hung." So the plot begins to unravel as the writers try to find a way to get him off the hook. Couldn't be clunkier either. And we are left with a very unsatisfying ending. Lots of pluses with atmosphere though. Great scenes of a small California town and beach community circa 1950. One strange thing: the cops in this film all seem to be in their sixties. Watching them run on the docks made me dizzy.