An American tanker is sunk by a German U-boat and the survivors spend eleven days at sea on a raft. They're next assigned to the liberty ship "Sea Witch" bound for Murmansk through the sub-stalked North Atlantic.
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 <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 »
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 »
Sure, I want to sleep. Everyone sleeps once in a while, remember? You'd think I wanted to do something peculiar.
See more »
When I first saw this, it was called "The Road to Frisco", and I often wondered why it was never shown on TV, until I saw it recently under its correct title. A very good cast (George Raft excepted) with Humphrey Bogart being forced into a secondary role, while Ann Sheridan does her usual good job as the diner waitress, and an old favourite of mine Gale Page getting a decent role at last! The story was good, but the highlight was the over-the-top scene with Ida Lupino in Court - by today's standards it was overacting, but at the time it was a brilliant performance. The supporting cast headed by Warner stalwart Alan Hale added a lot, and would have been a lot better with a capable actor in the Raft role.
10 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Was this review helpful to you?
| Report this