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23 August 1940 (USA) See more »
Girl Trouble-Shooter Smashes Sabotage Syndicate in Bus War!
A small bus company run by a father/daughter team comes under attack by a group of "wildcatters" who want to put the company out of business so they can take over the profitable Los Angeles-to-San Francisco route. | Add synopsis »
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  (Complete credited cast)

Fay Wray ... Ted Dawson
Charles Lang ... Jerry Waters
Paul Guilfoyle ... Donovan
Don Costello ... Sid Casey
Paul McGrath ... Stanley Regan
Joe Sawyer ... Burke (as Joseph Sawyer)

Roland Drew ... Davis
Leona Roberts ... Emma 'Ma' Talbot
Oscar O'Shea ... Charles Dawson
Frank Shannon ... Sweeney
Warren Ashe ... Joe Miller
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64 min (TCM print)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #6463) | USA:TV-G (TV rating)

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Revealing mistakes: When Jerry Waters quit his job for the cab company he asked boss Casey for his pay that was owed. Casey stated that he owed Jerry two dollars, he proceeded to take money out of his pocket and then gave Jerry more than two bills.See more »
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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Seriously???, 9 September 2010
Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY

Wildcat Bus (1940)

** (out of 4)

Warner made a crime picture about taxi drivers in the entertaining TAXI! so I guess RKO thought they'd push the envelope by making a crime picture with bus drivers. This film, however, is pretty dull from start to finish. In the film a playboy (Charles Lang) goes bankrupt so he has to get a job at a bus company ran by a woman (Fay Wray) and her father. The bus company has had all sorts of accidents that are ruining their company but they begin to think that it's racketeers running a taxi service that's trying to steal their business. This RKO picture runs a very brief 63-minutes but at times it feels doubt that length. The biggest problem is the rather bland direction that puts very little life into the picture. The screenplay really doesn't help matters either as all the characters are pretty one-dimensional and none are overly interesting. The bad guys are carbon copies of what you'd see in a Warner picture and the good guys are just boring and constantly saying bad jokes. Lang is okay in his role but the screenplay pretty much lets his character done as at times he's annoying and it's really hard to care too much for him. Wray is pretty much going by the numbers but once again, a lot of this could be blamed on the screenplay or direction. Paul Guilfoyle, Don Costello, Paul McGrath and Joe Sawyer round out the supporting players. There's very little energy to anything in the film as the entire story just feels forced and it's just not interesting enough to carry the short running time. The ending picks up a few punches as we get a big fight sequence with plenty of punches and kicks.

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