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« on: November 06, 2013, 02:50:36 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0046935/

Drive a Crooked Road (1954)


    Mickey Rooney as Eddie Shannon
    Dianne Foster as Barbara Mathews
    Kevin McCarthy as Steve Norris
    Jack Kelly as William McIntyre
    Harry Landers as Ralph
    Jerry Paris as Phil
    Paul Picerni as Carl
    Dick Crockett as Don

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there is one previous post on this movie in the Film Noir Discussion Thread

http://www.fistful-of-leone.com/forums/index.php?topic=1822.msg155082#msg155082

dave jenkins: Actually, I've watched Drive a Crooked Road also. It's well made, but the plot isn't much: Mickey Rooney gets vamped by Dianne Foster into driving a getaway car for gangster Kevin McCarthy (similar to the plot of Don Siegel's The Killers). The usual double-crosses are involved. Also, Foster, who makes a very credible femme fatale, gets a conscience and starts to worry about taking advantage of Rooney, which almost ruins it for me. I like my femme fatales pitiless. There's some nice photography featuring Malibu and Palm Springs, but I can only go a 7 out of 10 on this.
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I agree with DJ, I give this a 7/10 rating. Dianne Foster delivers a very good performance, but I just can't believe that this girl who is happy to go through with a bank robbery and trick a guy into loving her etc. would suddenly worry about hurting his feelings. But I wouldn't expect much else from Hollywood.

I wish they had actually shown some good stunt-driving, but unfortunately almost all the driving during the getaway scene is from the inside of the car, using rear projection. It would have been better if they'd have gotten a good stunt driver and we coulda had a nice "one car chase" scene. Bullitt had a great car vs. car chase; The French Connection had a great car vs. train chase; Drive a Crooked Road could have had a great car vs. time chase. But I guess not enough money (or imagination) on what we today call noir but back then were simply called B-Pictures  Wink

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« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2013, 05:05:27 AM »

agreed 7/10

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