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They Drive by Night
ID:
1940
Comments:
Director: Crane Wilbur, Raoul Walsh
Screenplay: Crane Wilbur, A.I. Bezzerides, Jerry Wald, Richard Macaulay
Producer: Hal B. Wallis, Mark Hellinger
Cast: George Raft, Humphrey Bogart, Fritz Feld, Kathryn Kane, John Carroll
Genre: Classics

Running Time: 95
Aspect Ratio:  1.33:1 (NTSC )
Sound: Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
Features: Black and White
Studio:  Warner Home Video DVD Region:  1 NR
DVD Release:  Nov 2003 Discs:  1 (DVD) [$19.98]
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Reviews:  By turns hard-nosed and ribald, "They Drive by Night" smashes through a vintage Warner Bros. yarn about truck drivers, the Depression, and one duplicitous dame. The opening reels are a forceful look at the dangerous lives of independent truckers (George Raft and Humphrey Bogart as brothers--Bogie in the supporting role, though he would soon eclipse Raft in Hollywood), battling the system and the economy. The final section veers into a less exciting murder frame-up, but Ida Lupino is so delicious as the Black Widow, it works. The robust humor of director Raoul Walsh dominates the film, with some truly hilarious double entendres aimed at outfoxing the censors. At the center of many such one-liners is Ann Sheridan, as a waitress who slings more than hash. It's close to being a classic, and the road sequences are as vital as those in "The Grapes of Wrath", made the same year. "--Robert Horton"


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