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Drive a Crooked Road (1954)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 10 March 1954 (USA)
An upright car mechanic falls in love with the girlfriend of a gangster. This forces him to participate in the criminal underworld.

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Richard Quine

Writers:

Blake Edwards (screen play), Richard Quine (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mickey Rooney ... Eddie Shannon
Dianne Foster ... Barbara Mathews
Kevin McCarthy ... Steve Norris
Jack Kelly ... Harold Baker
Harry Landers ... Ralph
Jerry Paris ... Phil
Paul Picerni ... Carl
Dick Crockett Dick Crockett ... Don
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Storyline

Eddie Shannon is an undersized, sports-car mechanic who dreams of racing an expensive car in a European meet. He meets and falls in love with Barbara Mathews, and thinks she loves him. She introduces him to Steve Norris and Harold Baker, who ask him to drive the getaway car in a bank robbery they are planning. He refuses, but changes his mind after some gentle persuasion from Barbara. The job is pulled off and, following a wild getaway, Eddie learns that Barbara was just using him and that Steve and Harold have plans to kill him. Gritty retribution is just around the corner. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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A Lonely Little Guy - A Wrong Dame See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 March 1954 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Little Giant See more »

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Production Co:

Columbia Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Same story line as the Ernest Hemingway 1946 Burt Lancaster/Ava Gardner movie, The Killers which was remade with John Cassavettes, Angie Dickinson, and Ronald Reagan in 1964. See more »

Goofs

When Eddie pulls up at Barbara's apt, at 10.58, he parks behind a gray Ford. When Barbara drives off at 13.58, Eddie's MG is missing and the Ford is still there. See more »

Soundtracks

From Here to Eternity
by Fred Karger and Robert Wells
played instrumentally as source music
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20 miles in under 20 minutes
5 January 2011 | by RanchoTuVuSee all my reviews

A shy Los Angeles mechanic and weekend racer (Mickey Rooney) is duped into being the getaway driver for bank robbers played by Kevin McCarthy and Jack Kelly. It seems as if they have a rather elaborate plot to hook him into their scheme by using McCarthy's girlfriend played by attractive Dianne Foster as lure for the shy and withdrawn Rooney who only has his job and his racing trophies to keep him going. It all works fairly well and shows how an innocent person is lured into doing something he would never ordinarily do with the bait being implied sex. Rooney is really good but so are both Kevin McCarthy and his partner played by Jack Kelly. The robbery itself occurs in Palm Springs and does not disappoint in execution with Kelly especially good as the gunman cracking jokes as he accompanies the head teller to the bank followed by the getaway car (which was souped up by Rooney). The film's title comes into play as Rooney drives like mad over a twisting mountain road back to the highway in under twenty minutes. All the elements of the story are mixed pretty well with a tough ending.


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