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They Drive by Night (Sous-titres français) [Import]
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George Raft and Humphrey Bogart share a driving ambition in They Drive by Night, a feisty tale of brothers trying to make a go of their independent trucking enterprise. Ann Sheridan plays a truck-stop waitress who can dish both the daily special and the patter. And Ida Lupino is the headstrong executive who mixes business and romance with murder. With Bogart again riding shotgun en route to leading-man stardom (a stature he would achieve the following year) and Raft handling the wheel in one of his best roles of the decade, this fine example of Warner Bros. social-conscience filmmaking (directed by Raoul Walsh) proved a sturdy vehicle for both actors. The movie proved even more fortuitous for Lupino. Her courtoom scene of babbling derangement made her a celebrated "overnight" sensation that resulted in a seven-year studio contract for her. Year: 1940 Director: Raoul Walsh Starring: George Raft, Ann Sheridan, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Special Feature: Original Theatrical Trailer B&W/93 Mins.
By turns hard-nosed and ribald, They Drive by Night smashes through a vintage Warner Bros. yarn about truck drivers, the Depression, and one duplicitous dame. The opening reels are a forceful look at the dangerous lives of independent truckers (George Raft and Humphrey Bogart as brothers--Bogie in the supporting role, though he would soon eclipse Raft in Hollywood), battling the system and the economy. The final section veers into a less exciting murder frame-up, but Ida Lupino is so delicious as the Black Widow, it works. The robust humor of director Raoul Walsh dominates the film, with some truly hilarious double entendres aimed at outfoxing the censors. At the center of many such one-liners is Ann Sheridan, as a waitress who slings more than hash. It's close to being a classic, and the road sequences are as vital as those in The Grapes of Wrath, made the same year. --Robert Horton
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They Drive by Night benefited from a strong supporting cast culled from the studio's stock company --- Generally regarded as Raft's best Warner Brothers film, and the beautiful Ann Sheridan was allowed the most memorable, snappy dialogue, which she delivered as only Sheridan could --- Ida Lupino was finally given the chance to display her acting range and Bogart got the opportunity to shed his patented B-picture tough guy --- Check out his brief yet compelling scene, where he expresses his bitterness both at his injury and having to accept what he perceives as his brother's (Raft) charity as wild cat truck drivers.
My favorite line in the film is when some trucker is checking out Ann Sheridan and mumbles something about taking out a mortgage on her -- Ann snaps back at him while taking on a seductive pose - "You couldn't afford the headlights!"
Under the production staff of:
Raoul Walsh [Director]
Jerry Wald [Screenplay]
Richard Macaulay [Screenplay]
A.I. Bezzerides [novel "Long Haul"]
Mark Hellinger [Associate Producer]
Hal B. Wallis [Executive Producer]
Adolph Deutsch [Original Music]
Arthur Edeson [Cinematographer]
Thomas Richards [Film Editor]
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The story here involves the Fabrini brothers, Paul(Bogie)and Joe(Raft) who own their truck but work for a crooked boss.They,like many others,get stiffed when it comes to getting paid.When their truck unexpectedly breaks down they have a final confrontation with their boss,collect their dues by force and leave his employ.The boys have been told they should hook up with Carlsen trucking where they get paid a salary and the company takes all the risk,but at this point they like the independent life too much.One day Joe takes a gamble and buys a load of lemons to haul,thereby becoming their own bosses.While on the road Paul falls asleep at the wheel and runs off the road.The truck,which they had just paid off,is a ruin and while Joe had been thrown clear of the crash,Paul comes out of it minus his right arm.
As Paul convalesces at home,Joe finally relents and goes to work for Mr Carlsen(Alan Hale).Carlsen is a straight shooting and very affable man and treats Joe very well.However his wife Lana(Ida Lupino) has had a crush on Joe for a long time and refuses to let Joe alone.Lana is a frustrated individual who hates her life with Carlsen.And even though Joe has fallen for a waitress he came to know by the name of Cassie(Ann Sheridan),it still doesn't deter Lana from her pursuit of Joe.After a
long night of partying Lana drives her husband home and parks the car in their garage.She sits thinking for a moment about everything and her expression alone tells us what is to come.Read more ›
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The Fabrini brothers, Joe (George Raft) and Paul (Humphrey Bogart), are truck drivers that struggle to make it on their own as a loan shark is on their heels trying to repossess... Read morePublished on March 31 2004 by Swederunner
They Drive by Night was so much fun to discover! Anyone who likes old movies will enjoy seeing this one. Read morePublished on April 11 2001 by Michael O. Brown
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