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They Drive by Night (1940)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 August 1940 (USA)
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Two brothers struggle as wildcat truck drivers; one comes to harm, the other is accused of his friend's murder.

Director:

Raoul Walsh

Writers:

Jerry Wald (screen play), Richard Macaulay (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

Brothers Paul and Joe Fabrini run a trucking business in California mainly shipping fruit from farms to the markets in Los Angeles. They struggle to make ends meet in the face of corrupt businessmen and intense competition. They are forced into driving long hours and one night pick-up waitress Cassie Hartley who's just quit her job at a truck stop. The three of them witness the death of a mutual acquaintance when he falls asleep at the wheel. This has a profound effect on Paul and Joe and they become determined to find a way to make the business pay so they can quit. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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Thrills . . . from coast to coast . . . ! See more »


Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

De färdas om natten See more »

Filming Locations:

Owens Valley, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,000,000
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The $12.90 gas that Joe signs for is worth $232 in 2018; the $1.12 that Cassie has is worth about $20. See more »

Goofs

When Joe arrives at his boss' party, Lana greets him at the door and takes a deep drag from her cigarette. In the subsequent shot, she continues speaking and never exhales the cigarette smoke. See more »

Quotes

Joe Fabrini: Ed's been always all right with me, and I'm never gonna be wrong with him.
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Referenced in Half Moon Street (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano
(1940) (uncredited)
Music by Leon René
Played at Mandel's Cafe
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Oomph!
6 April 1999 | by B&W-2See all my reviews

You've gotta love the movie which gave Ann Sheridan her big break! She's wonderful here as a down-and-out waitress who falls for smooth roughneck Joe Fabrini (George Raft). Not to be outdone, Ida Lupino scores even bigger (THE DOORS MADE ME DO IT!) You'll never look at a garage the same way again! The Warner Bros. stock players are in incredible form (Alan Hale, Roscoe Karns, George Tobias, etc.) and the script by Wald and Macaulay never lets them down for a second. It's mile-a-minute banter delivered by pros (this film played a big part in landing bigger roles for Bogie). Enjoy!


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