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Wildcat Bus (1940)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 23 August 1940 (USA)
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.

Director:

Frank Woodruff

Writers:

Lou Lusty (story), Lou Lusty (screenplay)
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Cast

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 Warren Ashe ... Joe Miller
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Storyline

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.

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Taglines:

Girl Trouble-Shooter Smashes Sabotage Syndicate in Bus War!

Genres:

Action | Crime | Drama

Certificate:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Spanish

Release Date:

23 August 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Liga de sabotaje See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(TCM print)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

On Ted and Jerry's "date" in San Francisco there are brief scenes from the 1939-40 Golden Gate International Exposition on Treasure Island. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Soundtracks

Would You
(1936) (uncredited)
Music by Nacio Herb Brown
Played during the opening credits
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Efficient little programmer
31 August 2014 | by fredcdobbs5See all my reviews

Looking more like it came from "B" action specialist Breezy Eason at Warners than little-known Frank Woodruff at RKO, this quickie little time-filler about crooked limo drivers trying to drive a bus company out of business accomplished what it set out to do, no more or no less. The script is serviceable, at best, if too talky at times, and leading man Charles Lang--in only his second picture--is rather colorless and bland and has no chemistry whatever with star Fay Wray, though she tries hard. There's some action on the road, and if you're a vintage-car enthusiast you'll really like all the shiny new--at the time--Packards, Chevys and other models sprinkled throughout the picture, and there's a pretty good though brief brawl near the end. Wray is still as beautiful and sexy as she was seven years earlier in "King Kong" and, as other reviewers have stated, is probably the best reason to watch this picture. It's OK, nothing more, and a decent way to pass the time. Nothing special, though.


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