Hell Drivers released in 1957 and filmed in crisp black and white is a brilliant action filled tale about hard as nails drivers working for a haulage company.
The legendary Stanley Baker (one of the great under rated actors of the 1950s and 60s) plays ex con Tom who gets a job at a none too scrupulous road haulage firm where he soon crosses swords with the thoroughly despicable Red (Patrick McGoohan in a real scnery chewing pereformance of pure class).
Things start to get out of hand when Tom discovers that Red and company boss Cartley (William Hartnell) are cooking the books, not only that but the truckies at the firm (who also include Herbert Lom and a playing it straight Sid James) get paid by the job so the more runs they make the more money they make. This is of course where things begin to get dangerous as the men strive to drive ever faster and cut more corners. A fatal accident is waiting just around the corner to bring matters to a head.
Its a heady brew of melodrama and fisticuffs.
UK / Rank – Aqua / 108 minutes / 1957 black and white
Writers: John Kruse, C Raker Endfield / Cinematography: Geoffrey Unsworth / Music: Hubert Clifford / Producer: Ben Fisz / Director: C Raker Endfield
Cast: Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, William Hartnell, Sidney James, Wilfrd Lawson, Jill Ireland, Alfie Bass, Gordon Jackson,