Screen Capture Theatre: "Quicksand," or Crime After Crime

Sacrificing itself this time around to Screen Capture Theatre is the 1950 film ...

... as opposed to slowsand, or even kind-of-fast sand.



Our hero is Mickey Rooney, as a short-but-honest auto
mechanic. It's the perfect job for him -- he doesn't need
a grease rack to get under the car!



One day Mickey is at the diner with future Mouseketeer Jimmie Dodd
when something catches his attention --




It is his dream girl -- a woman who looks just like
James Cagney in drag!



Upstaged by the innuendo on a lousy box of candy,
Mickey nevertheless asks female James Cagney out on a date...



...where he learns that she has very expensive tastes.

.

This causes Mickey to leave his old
girlfriend, Liv Tyler, behind ...



... and embark on a life of petty theft.




Mickey's crime spree involves buying a watch on time
(Ha ha! See what I did there?) and then hocking it.

 

And he also holds up a guy just because he
doesn't like straw hats.

 

This gets him mixed up with female James Cagney's old
boss, Peter Lorre, who runs a penny arcade on the Santa Monica pier.



He and Mickey become fast friends ... 



... but Mickey draws the line at playing peek-a-boo, so Peter Lorre
blackmails him over the straw hat guy robbery.



Now Mickey is really in a spot. He has to steal a
car for Peter Lorre AND buy him a straw hat. His nerves are on edge.



This leads to a tense meeting with the boss.



Happily, Mickey is shot by the cops and
reunites with Liv Tyler.




Then he realizes his father-in-law will be Steven Tyler,
and he starts thinking about female James Cagney again.






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