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They Drive by Night (1940) was a Crime - Drama Film directed by Raoul Walsh and produced by Hal B. Wallis and Mark Hellinger.

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They Drive By Night (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 28, 2015 From 4 Star Films

This is a surprisingly nice little film-noir that follows two brothers (George Raft and Humphrey Bogart) who?make their meager living transporting loads of produce by night on a big rig. Despite the seemingly mundane topic, They Drive by Night has some juicy bits of drama as the brothers struggle to... Read full article


They Drive By Night (1940)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Apr 28, 2015 From 4 Star Films

This is a surprisingly nice little film-noir that follows two brothers (George Raft and Humphrey Bogart) who?make their meager living transporting loads of produce by night on a big rig. Despite the seemingly mundane topic, They Drive by Night has some juicy bits of drama as the brothers struggle to... Read full article


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By Beatrice on Apr 7, 2014 From Flickers in Time

They Drive by Night? Directed by Raoul Walsh Screenplay by Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay from a novel by A.I. Bezzerides 1940/USA Warner Bros. First viewing/Netflix rental Cassie Hartley: It saves a lot of time. I enjoyed this for its razor-sharp dialogue and outstanding cast, though I thought i... Read full article


They Drive By Night – 1940

By Bogart Fan on Nov 24, 2013 From The Bogie Film Blog

My Review —Some Decent Melodrama—? Bogie Film Fix: ?out of 5 Bogies! Director: ?Raoul Walsh The Lowdown The Fabrini brothers (George Raft and Humphrey Bogart) do their best to maintain a living as long distance truckers despite the constant threats of dangerous roads, sleep deprivation, ... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT (1940)

By Jennifer Garlen on Apr 18, 2013 From Virtual Virago

As a piece of classic cinema history, They Drive by Night (1940) makes an excellent study in the different ways in which some of our most celebrated actors became certified stars. Raoul Walsh's dramatic noir film about truck-driving brothers launched twenty-two year old Ida Lupino into stardom and h... Read full article


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Joe Fabrini: l ain't danced in a long time.
Cassie Hartley: Me neither, and l used to love it. lt's the most fun you can have without laughing.


Joe Fabrini: You know something, Red? l like you. l like the way you fill out your clothes. l like everything about you.


Paul Fabrini: Sure, I want to sleep. Everyone sleeps once in a while, remember? You'd think I wanted to do something peculiar.


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"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie onJune 2, 1941 with George Raft reprising his film role.
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. Hellinger 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)
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