YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 26: Quicksand (1950)

Mickey Rooney? In film noir?

You bet your babes in arms.

Today’s YouTube pick is Quicksand (1950), a noir that will have you practically on the edge of your seat. It’s so chock full of noir, it’ll have you shouting at your TV: “No! Don’t do it!”

Until almost the end, that is – when this otherwise practically perfect feature takes a goofy turn that almost derails the whole works. But not quite. It still serves up more than an hour of everything you want in a noir. Check it out and see what I mean. You won’t be sorry. Just hang on to your chair.


Rooney stars as Dan, an auto mechanic who meets a dreamy dish at a local diner, and lifts twenty bucks from the cash register at his job so he can show her a good time. After that, things are downhill all the way.

Jeanne Cagney, whispering noirish nothings.


The dreamy diner dish is played by Jeanne Cagney, James Cagney’s younger sister. She can be seen in her brother’s Oscar-winning film, Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942), as well as three other Cagney feature, including Man of a Thousand Faces (1957). She’s also in the Marilyn Monroe noir Don’t Bother to Knock (1952).

A small role is played by Jimmie Dodd, best known as the master of ceremonies in the Mickey Mouse Club. Dodd made a brief appearance in a YouTube noir pick from earlier this month, Too Late for Tears.

Peter Lorre? Yes, please!

Barbara Bates – who you may remember from All About Eve (1950) – has a featured part, as Dan’s wanna-be girlfriend. In All About Eve, Bates was the aspiring actress seen at the film’s end, fantasizing about taking Eve’s place. Sadly, Bates committed suicide at the age of 43.

Did I mention that Peter Lorre is in the film? What more do you need?


Join me for my next YouTube recommendation on Day 27 of Noirvember!

~ by shadowsandsatin on November 26, 2020.

10 Responses to “YouTube Noir — Noirvember Day 26: Quicksand (1950)”

  1. Absolutely ..
    Exactly what I thought .. Micky Rooney in a Noir.
    Sorry, but I really don’t like most of his other characters, from the irritatingly squeaky clan & pure all American kid, to the (these days) hideous ‘Japanese guy upstairs’ in ‘Breakfast..’.
    But this one comes out very well.. his naïve innocence fits so well for the sucker victim of a Noir dame..
    And as you say.. Peter Loree.. wow, what could be wrong.
    A film that deserves more fame…

  2. Perfect description.

  3. I loved this film!!!!

  4. Mickey Rooney is SO GOOD in this film. He’s well suited to film noir.

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