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Raymond L. Schrock (original screenplay)
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Release Date:
7 October 1944 (USA) See more »
A police lieutenant sets out to break up a ring of tire bootleggers--criminals who sell defective tires... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Richard Travis ... Detective Lt. Pat Harrigan

Charles Lang ... Mike Harrigan

Eleanor Parker ... Kitty Kelly

Jack La Rue ... Joe Genna (as Jack LaRue)

Cy Kendall ... Capt. Butler

Wade Boteler ... Police Chief Delaney

Mary Gordon ... Mrs. Mary Kelly

Harry Lewis ... Harry Bronson
Tod Andrews ... Fritz Hummel (as Michael Ames)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Leah Baird ... Mrs. Bronson (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Police Desk Sgt. (uncredited)

Clancy Cooper ... Police Sgt. Naylor (uncredited)

Ross Ford ... Joe Taylor (uncredited)
Eddie Foster ... Adolph (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Mechanic (uncredited)

Creighton Hale ... Air Raid Warden (uncredited)

John Harmon ... Slimey, an Informant (uncredited)

Howard C. Hickman ... Mr. Bronson (uncredited)

Al Hill ... Molino (uncredited)

Stuart Holmes ... Maltby, the Butler (uncredited)

William Hopper ... Swank, Mechanic / Henchman (uncredited)

Bill Kennedy ... Correlli (uncredited)

Hank Mann ... Mr. Mott, Night Watchman (uncredited)

John Maxwell ... Sidney Drake, Lawyer (uncredited)

Frank Mayo ... Detective Walters (uncredited)

Dolores Moran ... Molly Stevens (uncredited)

Jack Mower ... Detective Shannon (uncredited)

Pat O'Malley ... O'Rorke (uncredited)

Virginia Patton ... Hazel Dale (uncredited)

Harry Strang ... Radio Policeman (uncredited)
Charles Sullivan ... Factory Guard (uncredited)
Elliott Sullivan ... Tire Expert (uncredited)

Harry Tenbrook ... Hans, a Hoodlum (uncredited)

Norman Willis ... Factory Guard (uncredited)

Directed by
D. Ross Lederman 
Writing credits
Raymond L. Schrock (original screenplay)

Original Music by
William Lava (uncredited)
Cinematography by
James Van Trees (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Harold McLernon (film editor)
Art Direction by
Leo K. Kuter 
Set Decoration by
Walter F. Tilford (set decorations)
Costume Design by
Milo Anderson (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Wilbur McGaugh .... assistant director (uncredited)
Sound Department
Francis J. Scheid .... sound
Music Department
William Lava .... composer: music cues (uncredited)
Charles Maxwell .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
John Meredyth Lucas .... dialogue director (as Jack Lucas)
Crew believed to be complete

Production CompaniesDistributors
  • Warner Bros. (1944) (USA) (theatrical) (A Warner Bros.-First National Picture)
Other Companies

Additional Details

57 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
USA:Approved (PCA #8942)

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13 out of 14 people found the following review useful.
When bad rubber meets the road..., 28 June 2003
Author: bmacv from Western New York

This crime programmer from the end of the Second World War holds interest as a period piece, since it's based on the wartime scarcity of rubber and the consequent thriving of bootleg-tire rings. When a wealthy young man, all set for a night of boozing and dining at a roadhouse called The Plantation, finds his roadster stripped of his tires, his buddy hands him a card. Within minutes, a dealer shows up, but instead of Ecstasy or crystal meth, `brand-new' tires are the contraband. But when the drunken young daredevil takes a curve at 100 miles an hour, a blowout sends him and his date to kingdom come. He bought not only the plantation but lethal knockoffs - the equivalent of what a quarter-century later would be bad acid.

The bulk of the story revolves around police attempts to crack the ruthless ring, and it devolves into Irish-American stereotypes that might be offensive if they weren't so quaint. A couple of brothers named Harrigan (Richard Travis and Charles Lang) are at loggerheads; one's an honest cop, the other a hooligan mixed up in the phony-rubber ring. To make matters worse, one's named Pat and the other Mike (and to make them worse still, the girl they're both sweet on is named Kitty Kelly - Eleanor Parker, in a sliver of a role). Good cop Pat pretends to go bad to infiltrate the gang, but there's already a bad cop on the force, one who's head man in the racket. The Last Ride is all pretty routine, barely saved by its glimpse into a vanished style of petty crime.

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