They Drive by Night (Warner 1940, Humphrey Bogart, George Raft)

They Drive By Night

Small masterpiece They Drive by Night features George Raft’s greatest role and Raoul Walsh’s typically gritty direction. Humphrey Bogart and Raft are truck-driving brothers who buy a truck and start driving for themselves.

When Bogart gets into an accident, Raft must return to working for a trucking company as traffic manager. Along comes Ida Lupino, the boss’s seductive wife, who takes a liking to Raft. Though he has no interest (he’s married to Ann Sheridan), Lupino murders her husband in order to take over the business and pursue Raft. When he rejects her advances, she tries to pin the murder on him.

George Raft, learned to drive a big rig while working as a rum runner for a New York bootlegger. His skills came in handy on the film when the brakes of one of the trucks failed at 80 mph.

Cast: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Hale, Roscoe Karns, John Litel, Ida Lupino, Gale Page, Ann Sheridan

Director: Raoul Walsh
Producer: Mark Hellinger
Director: of Photography: Arthur Edeson
Editor: Oliver S. Garretson
Composer: Adolph Deutsch
Screenwriter: Jerry Wald
Art Director: John Hughes

USA / Warner Bros. / 96 minutes / 1940 black and white

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