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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).

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Humphrey Bogart
25-Dec-1899 14-Jan-1957 Casablanca
Alan Hale, Sr.
10-Feb-1892 22-Jan-1950 The Adventures of Robin Hood
Roscoe Karns
7-Sep-1891 6-Feb-1970 It Happened One Night
John Litel
30-Dec-1892 3-Feb-1972 Two Dollar Bettor
Ida Lupino
4-Feb-1918 3-Aug-1995 The Man I Love
Gale Page
23-Jul-1913 8-Jan-1983 Four Daughters
George Raft
26-Sep-1895 24-Nov-1980 Actor with Mafia ties
Ann Sheridan
21-Feb-1915 21-Jan-1967 Torrid Zone
George Tobias
14-Jul-1901 27-Feb-1980 Abner Kravitz on Bewitched


George Raft   ...   Joe Fabrini
Ann Sheridan   ...   Cassie Hartley
Ida Lupino   ...   Lana Carlsen
Humphrey Bogart   ...   Paul Fabrini
Gale Page   ...   Pearl Fabrini
Alan Hale, Sr.   ...   Ed Carlsen
Roscoe Karns   ...   Irish McGurn
John Litel   ...   Harry McNamara
George Tobias   ...   George Rondolos


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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