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- Shannon C
After reading all the raves about this film, I was so disappointed that it failed to live up to the reviews. There are two plot lines--nearly three--the rough business of trucking, the love triangle, and the last-minute court trial, none of which mesh. There are unlikely scenes, such as sweet Ann Sheridan hitchhiking on a rainy road late at night. Was she really that naive? Danger existed in the old days, too. She also spends the night in the same room as George Raft without any resistance from the female hotel manager. Ida Lupino was such a good actress that she got away with a courtroom outburst that would have daunted a lesser talent. Characters were well drawn and acted. The risky life of truck drivers looked authentic and fascinating, but this important theme deserved a better script.
They Drive by Night
- Dashiell B.
An entertaining melodrama from director Walsh. Bogart & Raft give solid work as truck-driving brothers who becomes involved in a murder plot conceived by Lupino, who overshadows Sheridan's performance. The narrative changes from the brothers dealing with life on the road to focus solely on Raft's business venture with Lupino, it's a shame both don't get equal attention. Regardless, Walsh still made a fine film. I give it a 4/5.
Bogart and Raft upstaged by Lupino!
This must be the only film starring Bogart and Raft where they both play solid good guys with Bogart as a family man and Raft getting the girl! It's a great film noir and Ida Lupino just steals every scene she is in. She was so good at being bad and she's sensational at it here! The storyline moves along at a fast clip and your interest is held throughout. I like this film and I always have.
they drive by night
One of my favorite movies. Great cast and supporting cast. Love Ann Sheridan and Ida Lupino in this one.
they drive by night
- don deere
just agreat old warners movie some of their problems are still going on today great cast great movie
Real people working for a living.
One of the best about working men, truck drivers trying to make a living!
Many old movies seem dated and boring but not this movie. I loved it from the very beginning. Ida Lapino was fantastic in this movie. I had never heard of her before watching this great movie.
- Josephine Gormley
I just finished watching this movie for the first time. I loved it. I was kept glued to my sofa. It gets real interesting once Ida Lupino enters. She was superb at the end.
The Fabrini Bros. deliver!
- Steve S.
A good story (albeit "Bordertown" redux); an excellent script; terrific acting (especially, Lupino); no nonsense, fast paced direction.A true Gem.
- Ron Germano
This is a CLASSIC early noir film with Bogart & Raft at their best - but IDA LUPINO steals the show!She is so very good here she blows the boys out of the water.An actress who never got the credit she deserved. A film well worth watching!