In Quicksand (1950), Rooney plays a mechanic who steals twenty dollars from the company cash register to take a woman (Jeanne Cagney) on a date. To replace the money he pawns a watch that does not belong to him. To replace the cost of the watch, he robs a man. In the next forty-eight hours, everything gets worse from there.
|Cagney and Rooney caught up in greed and crime|
Peter Lorre is on hand to lend his signature menace as an arcade owner who blackmails Rooney, adding another layer to the twisted tale. I was shocked at how real their fist fight seems.
|Lorre and Rooney having it out|
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"They make me sore," he said, referring to film reviewers and other critics. "They're always harping on Andy Hardy. You'd think that was all I had ever done. What about Boys' Town, Young Tom Edison, Babes in Arms, National Velvet?
"Why don't they let Andy Hardy die? I haven't done one in three or four years. I'm an actor, not just an Andy Hardy."
Rooney proves his acting chops once again for Quicksand. This film is a riveting morality tale of poor judgment, greed and deception.