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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 »
User Reviews:
Terrific melodrama about wildcat truck drivers that ill-advisedly introduces a murder plot in the second half See more (58 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:
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: Duirng the conversation between Joe and Carlson, Carslon lights his cigarette twice.See more »
Quotes:
Sue Carter:What's your name?
'Irish' McGurn:What's the difference? Sit down and have a drink. It's drinking that makes you beautiful.
Sue Carter:Aw, I haven't been drinking.
'Irish' McGurn:I know, but I have.
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Soundtrack:
When the Swallows Come Back to CapistranoSee more »

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14 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Terrific melodrama about wildcat truck drivers that ill-advisedly introduces a murder plot in the second half, 26 April 2005
Author: J. Spurlin from United States

Five years ago I wrote a snotty IMDb review for this movie after seeing it at a local theater. Now I just saw it again on DVD and wonder what the hell I was thinking. First, it's terrific. Second, I got what was good and bad about it exactly wrong.

Joe and Paul Fabrini (George Raft and Humphrey Bogart) are two wildcat truck drivers struggling to stay one step ahead of their creditors. Their job requires long hours on the road and prevents them from getting enough sleep. Paul's wife (Gale Page, who gives the only colorless performance in the film) worries she's going to find herself a widow someday and for good reason. Joe, Paul and a hardboiled waitress (Ann Sheridan) they pick up hitchhiking are witness to just how dangerous the business is. They watch in horror when the driver of the truck ahead of them falls asleep and runs off the road; both men inside die in a fiery explosion. It proves to be a glimpse of Joe and Paul's future when they wind up in their own accident.

That leads Joe to go to work for an old friend, who now runs his own trucking business. Ed Carlsen (Alan Hale, in a splendidly boisterous performance) is rich and successful, but he's still a regular fellow and hasn't lost the vulgar manners of his class. This annoys his wife Lana (Ida Lupino) to no end. She's clearly nouveau riche herself, but wants to rise above the low-class antics of her husband. And she's in love with Joe, who wants nothing to do with her. This drives her to commit murder.

That's when the movie changes coarse and for the worse. But five years ago I preferred the second half of the movie to the first. I guess I just have a weakness for murder stories, but the movie is clearly better before it becomes one. The murder sequence itself is packed with drama, but this plot twist sends the movie spiraling down until it reaches the tedious courtroom montage, which climaxes with Ida Lupino, who has been terrific up until this point, having a campy nervous breakdown on the stand. ("The doors made me do it! The doors made me do it!") And the less said about the phony feel-good last scene (where Bogart winks into the camera) the better.

Raft is fine in the lead, but modern-day viewers will almost surely wish that he and Bogart had each other's parts. Bogart was still a year away from graduating to leading man status. He's fine in this supporting role, but it's a shame the movie neglects his sympathetic character during the second half.

I half-liked Roscoe Karns as a pinball fanatic. He's funny when he seems to be only a walk-on character, but he overplays his later scenes as a comic drunk. Best of all is Ann Sheridan, who delivers her lines like she's cracking ice. She's tough but softens once she falls in love. The movie never should have thrown her out of the spotlight and put Ida Lupino's character in her place. She was – and should have continued to be – the heart of the movie.

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