They Drive by Night

They Drive by Night

George Raft
Director: Raoul Walsh Cast: George Raft
George Raft
, Ann Sheridan
Ann Sheridan
, Humphrey Bogart
Humphrey Bogart
Raoul Walsh

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They just don't make 'em like They Drive By Night anymore. This slam-bang Warner Bros. attraction stars George Raft and Humphrey Bogart as Joe and Paul Fabrini, owners of a small but scrappy trucking firm. The film deftly combines comedy with thrills for the first half-hour or so, as the Fabrini boys battle crooked distributors and unscrupulous rivals while establishing their transport company. Things take a potentially tragic turn when the overworked Paul Fabrini falls asleep at the wheel and cracks up, losing an arm in the accident. He's pretty bitter for a while, but, with the help of his loving wife, Pearl (Gale Page), Paul eventually snaps out of his self-pity and goes to work as a dispatcher for the Fabrinis' company. Meanwhile, Joe's on-and-off romance with wisecracking waitress Cassie Hartley (Ann Sheridan) is threatened by the presence of seductive Lana Carlsen (Ida Lupino), the wife of glad-handing trucking executive Ed Carlsen (Alan Hale). At this point, the film metamorphoses into a remake of the 1935 Paul Muni-Bette Davis vehicle Bordertown. Desperately in love with Joe, Lana murders her husband, making it look like an accident, then offers Joe half-interest in Carlsen's organization. Joe accepts the offer, but spurns Lana's romantic overtures, whereupon the scheming vixen accuses Joe of plotting Carlsen's murder. Thus, the stage is set for a spectacular courtroom finale, completely dominated by a demented Lana, whose "mad scene" rivals those of Ophelia and Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition to the full-blooded performances by the stars and the virile direction by Raoul Walsh, They Drive By Night benefits immeasurably from the nonstop brilliant dialogue by Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay -- especially in an early lunch-counter scene between Ann Sheridan and George Raft, generously seasoned with hilarious double- and single-entendres.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/27/2017
UPC: 0888574489359
Original Release: 1940
Rating: NR
Source: Warner Archives
Presentation: [Full Frame]
Time: 1:35:00
Sales rank: 8,173

Special Features

Making-Of featurette Divided Highway: the story of They Drive By Night; Vintage musical short Swingtime in the Movies; Theatrical trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
George Raft Joe Fabrini
Ann Sheridan Cassie Hartley
Humphrey Bogart Paul Fabrini
Ida Lupino Lana Carisen
Gale Page Pearl Fabtini
Alan Hale Ed J. Carlsen
Roscoe Karns Irish McGurn
John Litel Harry McNamara
George Tobias George Rondolos
Eddie Acuff Actor
Marie Blake Waitress
Eddy Chandler Truck Driver
Richard Clayton Young Man
Alan Davis Actor
Joe Devlin Fatso
Frank Faylen Actor
Eddie Fetherstone Actor
Brenda Fowler Matron
Sol (Saul) Gorss Actor
Mack Gray Mike
Carl Harbaugh Mechanic
George Haywood Policeman
Dutch Hendrian Driver
Al Hill Actor
J. Anthony Hughes Reporter
Claire James Party Guest
Mike Lally Actor
George Lloyd Barney
Wilfred Lucas Bailiff
Ralph Lynn Actor
Frank Mayo Actor
Matt McHugh Electrician
Jack Mower Deputy
Pedro Regas Mexican Helper
Ralph Sanford Actor
Charles Sherlock Actor
Charles Sullivan Actor
Don Turner Actor
Dorothy Vaughan Actor
Max Wagner Sweeney, the Driver
Billy Wayne Actor
Dick Wessel Actor
Frank Wilcox Actor
Norman Willis Neves
Charles Wilson Mike Williams
Howard Hickman Judge
Lillian Yarbo Chloe
Phyllis Hamilton Stenographer
Demetrius Emanuel Waiter
Joyce Compton Sue Carter
Pat Flaherty Driver (uncredited)
William Haade Driver (uncredited)
Charles Halton Farnsworth
Paul Hurst Pete Haig
Vera Lewis Landlady
Henry O'Neill District Attorney
John Ridgely Hank Dawson

Technical Credits
Raoul Walsh Director
Milo Anderson Costumes/Costume Designer
Adolph Deutsch Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Edwin DuPar Special Effects
Arthur Edeson Cinematographer
Leo F. Forbstein Musical Direction/Supervision
Oliver S. Garretson Editor,Sound/Sound Designer
James Gibbon Special Effects
Byron Haskin Special Effects
Mark Hellinger Associate Producer
John Holden Special Effects
John Hughes Art Director
H.F. Koenekamp Special Effects
Richard Macaulay Screenwriter
Tom Richards Editor
Jerry Wald Screenwriter
Hal B. Wallis Producer
Perc Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- They Drive by Night
1. Credits. [1:19]
2. An Accident. [2:48]
3. Café's Classy Chassis. [3:59]
4. Enter/Exit Farnsworth. [5:20]
5. Debt Collection. [2:07]
6. The Hitchhiker. [4:11]
7. Dead Man's Curve. [2:42]
8. Sleeping Arangements. [5:08]
9. Save It For Me. [2:14]
10. Calling On Carlsen. [5:03]
11. Joe's Not Asking. [2:55]
12. Wolf At The Door. [4:49]
13. It's A Deal. [2:38]
14. Paid In Full. [3:02]
15. Paul's Bad Break. [4:30]
16. Traffic Manager. [3:01]
17. A Night Out. [4:52]
18. Anniversary Party. [3:48]
19. Dead Drunk. [5:19]
20. Widow's Proposition. [4:11]
21. Another Woman. [2:13]
22. You Made Me Do It. [6:09]
23. Telltale Door. [3:03]
24. On Trial. [3:00]
25. The Doors Made Me Do It. [3:15]
26. Minds Made Up. [2:41]
27. Cast List. [:31]

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