The Devil Is Driving


1h 8m 1937

Film Details

Also Known As
Death Marches On
Release Date
Jun 25, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

Synopsis

Attorney Paul Driscoll successfully defends Tony Stevens, a wealthy young man, against charges of murder caused by drunken driving, even though he knows that he is guilty. Following Tony's acquittal, John Driscoll, his father, shows his gratitude to Paul for having defended his son, and uses his influence to get Paul elected as district attorney. However, Paul's girl friend, Eve Hammond, does not approve of Paul's actions, and she loses respect for him. Two years pass, and Paul, now the district attorney, works hard to pass strict laws against drunk driving. When Tony's girl friend, Kitty Wooster, accuses Tony of being drunk and leaves him, he steals an automobile and chases her. Tony sideswipes her car and causes her death when it goes over an embankment. Kitty's father, who perjured himself in Tony's trail and now seeks to avenge his daughter's death, faces difficulty in his endeavor, as John has already begun to protect his son by bribing "witnesses" to testify that he was not drunk at the time of the accident. When it becomes clear to Paul that Sam Nelson, the only real witness to the fact that Tony was drunk, is supressing the truth in his testimony, he realizes that Nelson, too, has been bribed. At the expense of perjuring himself, Paul, who feels responsible for having let a killer go free, tells the judge the truth about Tony's first murder trial, and Tony eventually confesses his guilt. Following the trial, Paul is forced to relinquish his post as district attorney, but, as he redeemed himself at the end of the proceedings, his successor forgives him and appoints him to head the Highway Safety League. The court later suspends Paul's sentence, and he regains the respect of Eve.

Film Details

Also Known As
Death Marches On
Release Date
Jun 25, 1937
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Distribution Company
Columbia Pictures Corp. of California, Ltd.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 8m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
7 reels

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Trivia

Notes

A working title for this film was Death Marches On. A November 1936 Daily Variety news item noted that Max Marcin was set to supervise the production, but his participation in the final film has not been determined. According to material contained in the file for the film in the MPAA/PCA Collection at the AMPAS Library, in March 1936, the PCA, after having read the first draft of the script, urged Columbia to make a number of changes in the story to make it eligible for certification. Among the changes requested were: the murderer in the film should receive a stronger punishment; and the district attorney should not be shown permitting a miscarriage of justice in the courtroom. The PCA also took issue with a scene showing "Tony" undressing for a bath in the presence of newspaper reporters, and the showing of machine guns in the hands of gangsters.