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Thieves' Highway (1949)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 10 October 1949 (USA)
A war-veteran-turned-truck driver attempts to avenge the crippling and robbing of his father at the hands of an amoral produce scofflaw.

Director:

Jules Dassin

Writers:

A.I. Bezzerides (screen play), A.I. Bezzerides (based on his novel: "Thieves' Market")
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Richard Conte ... Nick Garcos
Valentina Cortese ... Rica (as Valentina Cortesa)
Lee J. Cobb ... Mike Figlia
Barbara Lawrence ... Polly Faber
Jack Oakie ... Slob
Millard Mitchell ... Ed Kinney
Joseph Pevney ... Pete
Morris Carnovsky ... Yanko Garcos
Tamara Shayne Tamara Shayne ... Parthena Garcos
Kasia Orzazewski Kasia Orzazewski ... Mrs. Polansky, the Apple Farmer's Wife
Norbert Schiller ... Mr. Polansky, the Apple Farmer
Hope Emerson ... Midge, a buyer
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Storyline

The soldier Nick Garcos returns back home from the war very happy, with gifts for his parents Yanko and Parthena Garcos and money in his pocket to open a business and marry his girlfriend Polly Faber. Out of the blue, Nick realizes that his father has lost both legs. Yanko, who was a truck driver, says that he was cheated by a dealer, Mike Figlia, in a San Francisco market when he delivered a truckload of tomatoes but was not paid. He believes that his accident was caused by Figlia's gangsters. Yanko also says that he then sold the truck to a driver named Ed Kinney who has not paid him. Nick meets Ed and says that he will take back the truck, but Ed proposes a deal with apples, where they may earn a great amount of money. Nick invests his savings in another truck and buys apples from a Polish farmer. They need to drive directly to the market in San Francisco without sleeping to keep the fruit fresh; but Ed's truck has problem with its axle, and Nick arrives first. Mike Figlia hires ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

Greek | English | Italian

Release Date:

10 October 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Collision See more »

Filming Locations:

Oakland, California, USA See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This film is part of the Criterion Collection, spine #273. See more »

Goofs

At the end of the movie, when Nick is confronting Mike, he hits Mike's hand with the small hatchet. The head of the hatchet can be seen flying off the end of the handle. However in subsequent scenes the head is back on the handle. (correction follows)

In the same scene, Mike can be seen nursing his injured, bloodied hand. Later, however, as Nick attacks Mike, there is no sign of blood on Mike's hand. See more »

Quotes

Nico 'Nick' Garcos: [to Rica] You look like chipped glass.
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Connections

Referenced in Remember the Titans (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Snuggled on Your Shoulder
(uncredited)
Music by Carmen Lombardo
Played when Rica is telling the man's fortune toward the end
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Keep On Truckin'
26 August 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a pretty good film noir - nothing spectacular - involving a crooked trucking boss, "Mike Figlia" effectively played by Lee J. Cobb who was good at playing nasty villains. In this story, a young trucker, "Nick Garcos" (Richard Conte) whose father was ruined by Cobb, goes after him to settle the score. Nick drives up north to San Francisco to seek him out but has some rough going himself, until the end.

This had interesting characters and a different type of female lead in European actress Valentina Cortese, who was good film noir material.

The story moves pretty fast with few, if any, lulls, yet seems longer than it's 93 minutes. I found this was one of those films I liked a lot better the first time than the second, lowering my rating. It's definitely still a film to check out if you're a film noir fan.


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