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They just don't make 'em like anymore. This slam-bang Warner Bros. attraction stars George Raft and Humphrey Bogart as Joe and Paul Fabrini, owners of a small but scrappy trucking firm. The film deftly combines comedy with thrills for the first half-hour or so, as the Fabrini boys battle crooked distributors and unscrupulous rivals while establishing their transport company. Things take a potentially tragic turn when the overworked Paul Fabrini falls asleep at the wheel and cracks up, losing an arm in the accident. He's pretty bitter for a while, but, with the help of his loving wife, Pearl (Gale Page), Paul eventually snaps out of his self-pity and goes to work as a dispatcher for the Fabrinis' company. Meanwhile, Joe's on-and-off romance with wisecracking waitress Cassie Hartley (Ann Sheridan) is threatened by the presence of seductive Lana Carlsen (Ida Lupino), the wife of glad-handing trucking executive Ed Carlsen (Alan Hale). At this point, the film metamorphoses into a remake of the 1935 Paul Muni-Bette Davis vehicle Bette Davis. Desperately in love with Joe, Lana murders her husband, making it look like an accident, then offers Joe half-interest in Carlsen's organization. Joe accepts the offer, but spurns Lana's romantic overtures, whereupon the scheming vixen accuses Joe of plotting Carlsen's murder. Thus, the stage is set for a spectacular courtroom finale, completely dominated by a demented Lana, whose "mad scene" rivals those of Ophelia and Lucia di Lammermoor. In addition to the full-blooded performances by the stars and the virile direction by Raoul Walsh, benefits immeasurably from the nonstop brilliant dialogue by Jerry Wald and Richard Macaulay -- especially in an early lunch-counter scene between Ann Sheridan and George Raft, generously seasoned with hilarious double- and single-entendres. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:July 27, 1940

Cast

George Raft
as Joe Fabrini
Ann Sheridan
as Cassie Hartley
Humphrey Bogart
as Paul Fabrini
Ida Lupino
as Lana Carisen
Gale Page
as Pearl Fabtini
Alan Hale
as Ed J. Carlsen
Roscoe Karns
as Irish McGurn
John Litel
as Harry McNamara
George Tobias
as George Rondolos
Eddie Acuff
Marie Blake
as Waitress
Eddy Chandler
as Truck Driver
Alan Davis
Joe Devlin
as Fatso
Frank Faylen
Eddie Fetherstone
Brenda Fowler
as Matron
Sol (Saul) Gorss
Mack Gray
as Mike
Carl Harbaugh
as Mechanic
George Haywood
as Policeman
Al Hill
Claire James
as Party Guest
Mike Lally
George Lloyd
as Barney
Wilfred Lucas
as Bailiff
Frank Mayo
Matt McHugh
as Electrician
Jack Mower
as Deputy
Pedro Regas
as Mexican Helper
Ralph Sanford
Charles Sherlock
Charles Sullivan
Don Turner
Dorothy Vaughan
Max Wagner
as Sweeney, the Driver
Billy Wayne
Dick Wessel
Frank Wilcox
Norman Willis
as Neves
Charles Wilson
as Mike Williams
Howard Hickman
as Judge
Lillian Yarbo
as Chloe
Joyce Compton
as Sue Carter
Pat Flaherty
as Driver (uncredited)
William Haade
as Driver (uncredited)
Charles Halton
as Farnsworth
Paul Hurst
as Pete Haig
Vera Lewis
as Landlady
Henry O'Neill
as District Attorney
John Ridgely
as Hank Dawson
Norman Willis
as Neves
Carl Harbaugh
as Mechanic
Vera Lewis
as Landlady
Brenda Fowler
as Matron
George Lloyd
as Barney
Mack Gray
as Mike
William Haade
as Driver (uncredited)
Pat Flaherty
as Driver (uncredited)
Wilfred Lucas
as Bailiff
Pedro Regas
as Mexican Helper
Max Wagner
as Sweeney, the Driver
Joe Devlin
as Fatso
Matt McHugh
as Electrician
Eddy Chandler
as Truck Driver
Henry O'Neill
as District Attorney
Paul Hurst
as Pete Haig
Lillian Yarbo
as Chloe
Claire James
as Party Guest
Charles Halton
as Farnsworth
Charles Wilson
as Mike Williams
Joyce Compton
as Sue Carter
Howard Hickman
as Judge
Marie Blake
as Waitress
George Haywood
as Policeman
Jack Mower
as Deputy

Crew

Raoul Walsh
Director
Hal B. Wallis
Producer
Richard Macaulay
Screenwriter
Jerry Wald
Screenwriter
Arthur Edeson
Cinematographer
Adolph Deutsch
Composer (Music Score)
Adolph Deutsch
Musical Direction/Supervision
Leo F. Forbstein
Musical Direction/Supervision
Mark Hellinger
Associate Producer
Milo Anderson
Costume Designer
Byron Haskin
Special Effects
John Holden
Special Effects
Edwin DuPar
Special Effects
James Gibbon
Special Effects
Perc Westmore
Makeup
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