They Drive by Night

They Drive by Night
They Drive by Night
  • UR
  • 1h 24m
  • 1940
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Humphrey Bogart and George Raft star as two brothers trying to keep their independent trucking company in business--battling cutthroat competition from unscrupulous trucking companies and from crooked distributors as They Drive by Night. 1940. After ten years of the Great Depression, scrappy Joe and Paul Fabrini (Raft and Bogart) are still--just barely--in business. Paul dreams of spending more time with his wife, and Joe has his eye on waitress Cassie Hartley (Ann Sheridan). Then Paul loses an arm in an accident and can no longer drive. But when Lana Carlson (Ida Lupino), the wife of the Fabrini's main rival, falls in love with Joe, she murders her husband and offers an interest in the company to the Fabrini brothers. Joe refuses to marry her, however, and Lana accuses Joe of her husband's murder in this hard-edged, classic drama.
© 1940 Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

New Yorker
Richard Brody

The pugnacity of Walsh's comic direction infuses turbulently free enterprise with tragedy.

June 25, 2017
Variety Staff

Fast moving and actionful melodrama of long-haul trucking biz, They Drive clicks with plenty of en...

June 23, 2017
New York Times
Bosley Crowther

For fanciers of hard-boiled cinema, They Drive By Night still offers an entertaining ride.

June 23, 2017
Fernando F. Croce

Ripping view of toilers and hustlers still half-stuck in the Depression

June 25, 2017
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Additional Info

  • Genre:Action, Drama
  • Release Date:August 3, 1940
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
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