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Director:
Writers:
Jerry Wald (screen play) and
Richard Macaulay (screen play) ...
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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 »
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User Reviews:
The Long Haul See more (59 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)

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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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:
Principle photography was completed in 33 days.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Joe is sitting in Ed's office Lana sits with her arms folded. An instant later she is taking a puff from her cigarette. Is is the same scene when Ed lights his cigarette twice.See more »
Quotes:
Paul Fabrini:Sure, I want to sleep. Everyone sleeps once in a while, remember? You'd think I wanted to do something peculiar.See more »
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When the Swallows Come Back to CapistranoSee more »

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29 out of 37 people found the following review useful.
The Long Haul, 20 July 2002
Author: telegonus from brighton, ma

This is the kind of movie that makes movie buffs movie buffs. On the surface the story is routine (I'm tempted to say hackneyed), the psychology shallow, the acting variable, and the meaning, such as it can be said to have one, borderline moronic. Yet it works like a charm, and is a minor classic of its kind. This is a tough movie to categorize. Not that one has to. It's a long haul trucker movie. But is that a genre? It has comedy and romance but is neither a comedy nor a romance; and it has tragedy but is not a tragedy. Near the end it turns into a murder story, though I wouldn't call it a crime picture. Director Raoul Walsh had a flair for subverting genres anyway, and made basically Raoul Walsh pictures, whatever the putative genre, and this one's about as Raoul Walsh as you can get.

It's the story of two brothers, played by George Raft and Humphrey Bogart, who are wildcat truckers who don't want to work for anyone else. They'd like to own their own rig but can't afford one, and are in debt up to their ears half the time. As the story progresses, Bogart loses in arm in an accident, and the boys have to go work for the boorish if amiable Alan Hale, whose wife, Ida Lupino, has eyes for Raft. Ann Sheridan is also on hand, as the hash-slinging good girl Raft really belongs with. Nothing special here, no great drama, and certainly no surprises. What drives the film, literally, is its optimism, especially as it relates to "little guys" Raft and Bogart. Without being too emphatic about it the movie is like a cheerleader for these two from start to finish.

The dialogue is salty and well-delivered by all, even the usually tedious Raft, while the background stuff,--the diners, rented rooms and garages--is beautifully detailed and always believable. Director Walsh was made for Warner Brothers, the studio that produced the film. He had a feeling for regular people, informal surroundings, the hustle and bustle of working life. Nor was he the least bit pretentious. The studio's famous liberalism didn't seem to rub off on him. He remained a populist with an anarchic streak, and was never an ideologue, hence this movie's depiction of blue collar life rings truer than most, as we know that these little guys want to be big shots (as most little guys do), and that they mean it when they say they want to give everyone a fair shake. We know in our guts that if these two ever make it to the big time they'll be awfully nice guys to work for. It's not easy for a movie to convince a viewer of such things,--it's not easy for a movie to be convincing at all, but this one is. Thanks to Raoul Walsh, with a little help from his fine cast.

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