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Danger Patrol (1937)

A romance drama involving people who transport nitroglycerin for a living.


Lew Landers


Sy Bartlett (screen play), Helen Vreeland Smith (story) (as Helen Vreeland) | 1 more credit »


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Complete credited cast:
Sally Eilers ... Cathy Street
John Beal ... Dan Loring
Harry Carey ... Sam Street
Frank M. Thomas ... Rocky Sanders
Crawford Weaver ... Eric Trumble
Lee Patrick ... Nancy Donovan
Edward Gargan ... John Donovan
Paul Guilfoyle ... Tim
Solly Ward Solly Ward ... Stale Joke Julius
Ann Hovey ... Mrs. Ada Sanders
Richard Lane ... Bill
Walter Miller ... Smoky Nelson
George Shelley George Shelley ... Tommy Hayes
Vinton Hayworth ... Ed (as Jack Arnold)
Bruce Bennett ... Joe (as Herman Brix)


A romance drama involving people who transport nitroglycerin for a living.

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Drama | Romance


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Release Date:

3 December 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highway to Hell See more »

Filming Locations:

Newhall, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Victor System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


The airplane Sam flies to Mexico with the "soup" is a Fairchild 24C-8E, registration NC16350. Fifty of this variant were made in 1936 out of a total of 2,232 for this model from 1932 to 1948. List price new in 1936 was $5,390 ($95,700 in 2017). This particular aircraft also appeared in the film Danger Flight (1939). See more »


About 14 minutes into the movie, Sam & Dan are having a beer at a bar. When the camera is showing the two from the front, Sam's beer is about half empty but when there is a shot from behind the two, Sam's beer is empty. These exchanging camera shots reveal this mistake 2 or 3 times. See more »


I Can't Waltz Alone
(1935) (uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Dorothy Fields
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Well-Crafted Programmer
16 June 2017 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Well crafted programmer from RKO. The premise is a nail-biting natural-- namely, guys transporting highly explosive nitroglycerin from storage to oil fields where it's used in drilling. One false move from the handler and it's smithereens. Not only are the guys affected, it's the families too, never knowing whether the mister will be coming home. The 60-minutes deals as much with family as with the nitro.

Carey's the movie's actual star, carrying the storyline in a gruffly likable manner. He's like the foreman of the nitro crew, while Eilers plays his comely daughter. The romantic angle amounts to a cliché where she has to choose between rich guy Eric and nitro handler Beal. Her heart inclines toward Beal, but Carey dreads her becoming a young widow.

Using quirky actor Paul Guilfoyle as a traumatized ex-handler was an inspiration. In weirdly disturbing fashion, he dramatizes the emotional toll of the work, well paying though it is. Eilers is effective in her conflicted role, even though Beal appears too bland in his. The highlight is the nitro-loaded plane trip to Tampico. Because of happy endings, you usually know how a dangerous trip like this will turn out. But that's not the case here since there's reason to believe both ways. Thus the plane ride's a genuine nail-biter. All in all, I was highly entertained by this blue-collar example of studio craftsmanship.

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