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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:
Two Pics For The Price Of One See more (60 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:
"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on June 2, 1941 with George Raft reprising his film role.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: Just before the boys pull into Haig's truck stop there is a night scene of the truck on the highway with two cars behind it, and a road marker showing. After they leave Haig's the same scene is shown again with only a cloud slightly different.See more »
Quotes:
Joe Fabrini:When I'm relaxed my thoughts are clear.
Cassie Hartley:Yeah, I can even read them from here.
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Soundtrack:
Devil May CareSee more »

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3 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Two Pics For The Price Of One, 1 March 2010
Author: Lechuguilla from Dallas, Texas

In a story about the over-the-road trucking business, two wildcat truckers, named Joe (George Raft) and Paul (Humphrey Bogart) haul apples, pears, and lemons, enduring hardship and erratic wages. Joe and Paul are the brothers Fabrini, and they dream of being independent from the big boss man.

A Depression-era story set in California, "They Drive By Night" taps into the theme of hard-working Americans who can't make a decent wage, as a result of greedy corporations. In a roadside diner, Paul expresses their frustration: "Hey, why do we stay in this racket? We aren't going to make enough out of it to buy ourselves decent coffins". But Joe and Paul are tough dudes, and they're honest. And they've got their dames, waiting either at home or in their dreams.

The film's plot starts out okay with lots of highway action. But the midpoint plot turn sends the film hurling in an unfortunate direction. Enter Lana Carlsen (Ida Lupino), the irritatingly angry wife of a wealthy and irritatingly jovial corporate boss. The film's first and second halves are like two completely different films, each with a different focus, different tone, different style. The first half is gritty and noir-based. The second half is perfunctory.

The script is very talky. The best dialogue comes near the beginning when Ann Sheridan, playing a cynical waitress, tosses some really good zingers.

Characters are mildly interesting, except for the dreadful Lana Carlsen, whom I didn't like at all. Sue Carter (Joyce Compton) offers minor comic relief. And Ann Sheridan is a delight to watch.

Production design ranges from dirty and gritty in the first half to elegant and snazzy in the second. Those trucks the guys drive look like something out of "The Grapes Of Wrath" (1940). B&W cinematography is pleasantly dark in the first half, routine in the second.

The story's theme is appropriate for the era in which the film was made. But the plot is terribly bifocal. The viewer almost gets two films for the price of one.

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