They Drive by Night (27-Jul-1940)|
Director: Raoul Walsh
Writers: Jerry Wald; Richard Macaulay
From novel: Long Haul by A. I. Bezzerides
Music by: Adolph Deutsch
Keywords: Drama, Business, Film Noir, Truckers
George Raft and Humphrey Bogart play brothers and truck drivers, broke and being strung along instead of being paid by their skinflint boss. Raft dreams of owning his own trucking company, has eyes for Ann Sheridan as the tart-tongue waitress with a heart of gold, while Ida Lupino is the scheming femme fatale who makes his life miserable. Bogart's last supporting role before his big break as leading man in High Sierra (1941).
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Review by John Levin (posted on 23-Sep-2007)
Hard to go wrong with this one. Raoul Walsh at his best. The early scenes in the diner are priceless with Raft and Sheridan bouncing lines off one another. Raft was very briefly a top star at Warners and he certainly carries this one without any trouble.His acting has often been criticized but here he shows what he can do and that's plenty. Lupino is over the top and Bogart, still a supporting player, provides little of that. Ann Sheridan delivers her lines with gritty humor. All in all, it still stands up. You'll be glad you saw this one.
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