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They Drive by Night (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 August 1940 (USA)
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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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Thrills . . . from coast to coast . . . ! See more »


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De färdas om natten  »

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$400,000 (estimated)
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The $580 for the load of lemons would be the equivalent of $9,865 in 2016. See more »

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When Joe arrives at his boss' party, Lana greets him at the door and takes a deep drag from her cigarette. In the subsequent shot, she continues speaking and never exhales the cigarette smoke. See more »

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Paul Fabrini: Sure, I want to sleep. Everyone sleeps once in a while, remember? You'd think I wanted to do something peculiar.
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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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