Drive a Crooked Road

Drive a Crooked Road is a 1954 American crime film noir directed by Richard Quine and starring Mickey Rooney and Dianne Foster.[1] The drama's screenplay was written by Blake Edwards and Richard Quine from "The Wheel Man", a story by Canadian James Benson Nablo.

Drive a Crooked Road
Theatrical release poster
Directed byRichard Quine
Produced byJonie Taps
Screenplay byBlake Edwards
Richard Quine
Story byJames Benson Nablo
StarringMickey Rooney
Dianne Foster
CinematographyCharles Lawton, Jr.
Edited byJerome Thoms
Columbia Pictures
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • March 10, 1954 (1954-03-10) (United States)
Running time
83 minutes
CountryUnited States


A mechanic and race car driver (Rooney) is chosen by two bank robbers to help them with a heist. The heist requires a driver with considerable driving skills to complete the task. To bait the driver into the dangerous scheme, one of the robbers uses his girlfriend (Foster) to help persuade the honest young man to assist with the crime.


Critical reception

TV Guide called the film "A crisply done film noir with Rooney taken in by the universal emotional state that was at the root of many noir heroes' problems, loneliness."[2]


  1. Drive a Crooked Road on IMDb.
  2. TV Guide. Film review. Last accessed: November 19, 2009.
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