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They Drive by Night (1940)

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Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder.

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Brothers Paul and Joe Fabrini run a trucking business in California mainly shipping fruit from farms to the markets in Los Angeles. They struggle to make ends meet in the face of corrupt businessmen and intense competition. They are forced into driving long hours and one night pick-up waitress Cassie Hartley who's just quit her job at a truck stop. The three of them witness the death of a mutual acquaintance when he falls asleep at the wheel. This has a profound effect on Paul and Joe and they become determined to find a way to make the business pay so they can quit. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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NO PICTURE IN 1940 WILL HAVE BIGGER THRILLS (original one-sheet poster) See more »


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3 August 1940 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

De färdas om natten  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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The wife of producer Mark Hellinger, Gladys Glad, a former showgirl for Broadway producer Florenz Ziegfeld Jr., was responsible for getting this film made. Hellinger had brought home a large stack of scripts that he was to read for filming consideration. He had leafed through the script and read the summary, but felt that "nobody would pay money to see a bunch of truck drivers". His wife read this script, liked it and pressured Hellinger to read it. Reluctantly, he did, the film eventually got made and became the sleeper hit of the year for Warners. It was made for an estimated $400,000 and grossed more than $4,000,000. (Source: Book "The Mark Hellinger Story" by Jim Bishop, New York: Appleton-Century-Crofts, 1952) See more »

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Paul and Pearl Fabrini are talking as they wait for Joe. She does up the button of his shirt and he moves to the mantel. The button alternates between done up and undone during the remainder of the scene. See more »

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Farnsworth: Well, you don't have to be nasty about it.
Paul Fabrini: We don't have to be, but it's more fun that way.
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Referenced in Half Moon Street (1986) See more »

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When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Leon René
Played at Mandel's Cafe
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Oomph!
6 April 1999 | by (Verdun, Quebec) – See all my reviews

You've gotta love the movie which gave Ann Sheridan her big break! She's wonderful here as a down-and-out waitress who falls for smooth roughneck Joe Fabrini (George Raft). Not to be outdone, Ida Lupino scores even bigger (THE DOORS MADE ME DO IT!) You'll never look at a garage the same way again! The Warner Bros. stock players are in incredible form (Alan Hale, Roscoe Karns, George Tobias, etc.) and the script by Wald and Macaulay never lets them down for a second. It's mile-a-minute banter delivered by pros (this film played a big part in landing bigger roles for Bogie). Enjoy!


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