Drive a Crooked Road (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

(Richard Quine, 1954)
Release date: 19 September 2022
Standard Edition Blu-ray

Moving away from the family comedies and musicals that had made him famous, Drive a Crooked Road finds Mickey Rooney (National Velvet) as a girl-shy mechanic and racing driver.

When a beautiful customer flirts with Eddie Shannon, the lonely mechanic can’t believe his luck – even more so when she appears interested in his hobby of motor racing. She offers him the chance to make enough money to pursue his dream full time… as the getaway driver in a bank heist.

Directed by Richard Quine (Pushover), and co-scripted by Blake Edwards (Experiment in Terror), this classic film noir also features Dianne Foster (Gideon’s Day) and Kevin McCarthy (Buffalo Bill and the Indians).


  • High Definition presentation
  • Original mono audio
  • Audio commentary with film critic Nick Pinkerton (2020)
  • The Guardian Interview with Mickey Rooney (1988, 83 mins): archival audio recording of the much-loved actor in conversation with Tony Sloman at the National Film Theatre, London
  • Introduction by Martin Scorsese (2012, 2 mins)
  • Screen Snapshots: ‘Mickey Rooney, Then and Now’ (1953, 10 mins): Columbia Pictures promotional short featuring the famed performer looking back at one of his childhood roles
  • Higher Than a Kite (1943, 18 mins): comedy starring the Three Stooges, in which the trio play mechanics who find themselves in a situation that’s way out of their control
  • Original theatrical trailer
  • Image gallery: publicity and promotional material
  • New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing