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Director:
Writers:
Jerry Wald (screen play) and
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Release Date:
3 August 1940 (USA) See more »
Tagline:
Thrills . . . from coast to coast . . . ! See more »
Plot:
Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
User Reviews:
"I Committed Murder To Get You." See more (57 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

George Raft ... Joe Fabrini

Ann Sheridan ... Cassie Hartley

Ida Lupino ... Lana Carlsen

Humphrey Bogart ... Paul Fabrini
Gale Page ... Pearl Fabrini

Alan Hale ... Ed Carlsen

Roscoe Karns ... Irish McGurn

John Litel ... Harry McNamara

George Tobias ... George Rondolos
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Eddie Acuff ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
Marie Blake ... Waitress (uncredited)
Chet Brandenburg ... Man Griping at Farnsworth (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Driver (uncredited)
Richard Clayton ... Young Man (uncredited)

Joyce Compton ... Sue Carter (uncredited)
Alan Davis ... Driver (uncredited)
Joe Devlin ... Fatso - Driver (uncredited)
Demetris Emanuel ... Waiter (uncredited)

Frank Faylen ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
Eddie Fetherston ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)

Pat Flaherty ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
Bess Flowers ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Brenda Fowler ... Prison Matron (uncredited)
Sol Gorss ... Truck Driver Warning About Farnsworth (uncredited)
Jesse Graves ... Charles Culpepper (uncredited)

Mack Gray ... Mike - Driver (uncredited)
William Haade ... Tough Driver (uncredited)
Charles Halton ... Farnsworth (uncredited)
John Hamilton ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)
Phyllis Hamilton ... Stenographer (uncredited)
Carl Harbaugh ... Mechanic (uncredited)
George Haywood ... Policeman at Accident (uncredited)
Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian ... Driver (uncredited)
Howard C. Hickman ... The Judge (uncredited)
Al Hill ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
J. Anthony Hughes ... Reporter #3 (uncredited)
Paul Hurst ... Pete Haig (uncredited)
Claire James ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Michael Jeffers ... Trucker (uncredited)
Dorothea Kent ... Sue (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Man Griping at Farnsworth (uncredited)
Vera Lewis ... Landlady (uncredited)
George Lloyd ... Barney (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas ... Bailiff (uncredited)
Frank Mayo ... Motorist at Accident Scene (uncredited)
Matt McHugh ... Repairman (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Extra in Courtroom (uncredited)
Jack Mower ... Deputy with Farnsworth (uncredited)
Henry O'Neill ... District Attorney (uncredited)
Pedro Regas ... Harry's Partner (uncredited)
John Ridgely ... Hank Dawson (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
Cliff Saum ... Man Outside Barney's (uncredited)
Harry Semels ... Leo - Cashier (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)
Don Turner ... Driver (uncredited)
Dorothy Vaughan ... Courtroom Matron (uncredited)
Max Wagner ... Sweeney - Driver (uncredited)
Billy Wayne ... Repairman (uncredited)
Dick Wessel ... Driver in Cafe (uncredited)

Frank Wilcox ... Reporter #1 (uncredited)
Norman Willis ... Neves - Mike's Assistant (uncredited)
Charles C. Wilson ... Mike Williams (uncredited)
Tom Wilson ... Man Outside Barney's (uncredited)
Jack Wise ... Jake (uncredited)
Lillian Yarbo ... Chloe - Lana's Maid (uncredited)
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Directed by
Raoul Walsh 
 
Writing credits
Jerry Wald (screen play) and
Richard Macaulay (screen play)

A.I. Bezzerides (from a novel by)

Produced by
Mark Hellinger .... associate producer
Hal B. Wallis .... executive producer
 
Original Music by
Adolph Deutsch 
 
Cinematography by
Arthur Edeson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Thomas Richards (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
John Hughes 
 
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (gowns)
 
Makeup Department
Perc Westmore .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Jack L. Warner .... in charge of production
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Elmer Decker .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Oliver S. Garretson .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Byron Haskin .... special effects
Hans F. Koenekamp .... special effects (as H.F. Koenekamp)
 
Stunts
Ed Brandenburg .... stunt driver (uncredited)
Harvey Parry .... stunts (uncredited)
Buster Wiles .... stunt double: George Raft (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
George Hurrell Sr. .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
 
Editorial Department
Robert Burks .... montage (uncredited)
Don Siegel .... montage (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Leo F. Forbstein .... musical director
Hugo Friedhofer .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Arthur Lange .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Jerome Moross .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Hugh MacMullan .... dialogue director (as Hugh MacMullen)
 
Crew verified as complete


Production Companies
  • Warner Bros. (presents) (as Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
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Additional Details

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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:Atp | Australia:PG | Canada:PG (video rating) | Finland:K-16 | France:U | Germany:6 | Sweden:15 | UK:A (original rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (2003) | USA:Approved (PCA #6278) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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 »
Quotes:
Cassie Hartley:Anything else?
Joe Fabrini:Yeah, but it ain't on the menu.
Cassie Hartley:And it ain't gunna be.
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Movie Connections:
Referenced in Deadhead Miles (1973)See more »
Soundtrack:
When the Swallows Come Back to CapistranoSee more »

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17 out of 26 people found the following review useful.
"I Committed Murder To Get You.", 14 November 2006
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

George Raft and Humphrey Bogart are the truck driving Fabrini Brothers, a pair of owner/operators who when their truck is totaled in a bad wreck go to work for goodhearted Alan Hale who owns a trucking company. Hale's a decent sort, but kind of crude and that grates on his pretty wife Ida Lupino. She's got an eye on Raft. But Raft likes earthy, sexy Ann Sheridan.

They Drive By Night from the working class studio of Warner Brothers is one of the earliest examples of sexual harassment shown on screen. Ida will do anything to possess Raft even kill for it.

The film really belongs to the women here. Ann Sheridan and Ida really do dominate this film, especially Ida with an over the top performance of a woman driven mad by her obsession.

Back in the day it was the habit of studios to make sure they had lots of backup in their roster. Bette Davis was legendarily feuding with Jack Warner for better roles and she had staged a well publicized walk out on her contract. I have no doubt that this film was to build up Ida Lupino as a Davis alternative. The part Lupino does play has Davis written all over it.

My guess is that Davis would not have wanted to appear opposite George Raft any more than opposite Errol Flynn. So the part went to Lupino who recognized a good role and ran away with it.

Humphrey Bogart is totally wasted in the brother part. He loses an arm in the wreck and has little to do, but be supportive to his brother and resist taking charity. He and Lupino would both boost their careers in their next film High Sierra.

For those who like to see people crack up on screen, They Drive By Night is the film for you.

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