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They Drive by Night

1940
Drama
Suspense/Thriller
1h 35m
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Avg Percentile 57.45% from 258 total ratings

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Rated 10 Nov 2010
87
87th
Noir mixed snappy dialogue and even some humor? Sign me up. It has some issues with pacing and tone, but it has both genuine comedy and real tension in a very entertaining mix and the leads are a real treat to watch. I even liked the ending, despite it being a little hokey, except for the very last few seconds.
Rated 01 Mar 2007
60
62nd
Good film.
Rated 23 Sep 2017
50
53rd
A troublesome production because it is two different films, both of which could have been excellent, but neither of which is long enough to succeed separately. It starts out as a social-conscience film embracing the transition in America from the Lincolnesque Free Soil Theory of labour to the Modernity in which labour is literally proletarianised before our eyes. It then becomes a film noir dominated by Ida Lupino (who was born not very far at all from where I lived most of the time in London).
Rated 02 Sep 2016
60
89th
Spectacular cast! Some amazing scenes! A bewildered story.... It's like two different films. One about the rise and fall of a couple of trucker driving brothers. The other about the crazy wife of the boss... and the moods doesn't exactly mix. They use too much time on the brothers, then they use too little time establishing the mad woman's growing desperation. But once Ida Lupino was on... IT WAS ON!!!
Rated 25 Feb 2024
80
68th
This adaptation of A.I. Bezzerides' hard boiled trucking novel feels like two movies pasted together. The first half is mostly a slice-of-life flick about truckers and their terrible working conditions filled with deadbeats who refuse to pay them and fiery crashes caused by exhaustion. The second half is a delirious melodrama that Ida Lupino completely dominates with a wonderfully histrionic performance.
Rated 06 Apr 2023
52
38th
I wasn't that impressed by George Raft and Humphrey Bogart was criminally underused. This was a mildly entertaining miss.
Rated 26 Jul 2022
83
60th
Unexpectedly insightful as to the lives of long-distance truckers at the end of the Depression. It's a bit funny to see Bogart in a supporting role, and he even gets out-acted by both Raft and Lupino. Definitely worth seeing as a piece of Americana.
Rated 28 Nov 2019
75
60th
The first part is more a hangout movie about the truck driving brothers than a noir, which moves along on a leisurely pace but nothing really suspenseful happen. The second part shifts to a noir about a jealous woman with a show stealing Ida Lupino. Unfortunate Bogey takes a backseat in the second part.
Rated 13 Oct 2019
65
72nd
A good, tragic noir with comedic undertones, snappy dialogue, great (as usual) screen presence by Bogart and Raft, and a cute Ann Sheridan standing her own ground. It's a good story with a few unexpected turns here and there, solid performances and characters, but it suffers slightly from inconsistent pacing and weaker sequences. The ending is somewhat lackluster, but ties everything nicely. Great for a rainy afternoon.
Rated 14 Mar 2019
85
31st
84.50
Rated 23 Aug 2018
80
76th
You're trying to tell me that that ugmug can deny Lupino like that?
Rated 06 Aug 2018
70
19th
Prototypical in some respects, but also not that interesting.
Rated 24 Jul 2018
95
84th
George Raft takes more of the lead in this one than Bogart. Excellent drama.
Rated 12 Mar 2013
65
47th
See my full review at http://www.ducksoup.me/2013/03/bogey-and-bandit.html
Rated 02 Dec 2011
50
8th
Apparently someone in Hollywood thought that truck drivers had a lifestyle that was markedly similar to gangsters, They couldn't have been more right, could they? All sarcasm aside, this will go down in history as simply the worst movie Bogey ever graced his face with.
Rated 05 Nov 2010
3
32nd
Damn, I was looking for the Nicholas Ray flick of a similar name. Oh well.
Rated 02 Nov 2010
83
52nd
Revisto em 21 de setembro de 2023
Rated 01 Nov 2010
69
64th
Great film, two stories rolled into one.
Rated 25 Oct 2010
35
90th
"There's no denying that this overlooked 1940 gem is essentially two films in one." - Nick Schager
Rated 24 Jan 2010
74
46th
Great cast, good acting, pretty good story, lame resolution. Bogart and Raft are brothers who drive a big truck, owing money to some guys and owed money by others. Bogart's pretty good. Lupino (in a real Bette Davis kind of role) is good, but they don't beautify her enough, if you ask me. Ann Sheridan is LOVELY. Machine-gun-quick dialogue and a couple of surprisingly good stunts make it an enjoyable 95-minutes, even if the end is kinda overwrought and silly.
Rated 24 Dec 2008
80
55th
Good film, but sadly Bogart has little to do in the second half. Lupino was brilliant and stole the show (which wasn't hard up against Raft).

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