Hell Drivers

Synopsis: Joe 'Tom' Yateley is an ex-convict. Trying to leave his past behind, he decides to start working for the Hawlett Trucking company, which transports gravel. It's an aggressive company, where speed is everything. Doing too few runs in a day? You're out. Red is the most experienced trucker; he can do 18 runs in a day. Tom soon makes friends with Lucy, the secretary, and Gino, a driver. But the record of Red intrigues him and he wants to break it. Gino advises against it, but he helps Tom when he wants to go through with it. Soon trouble begins when Red and the other drivers form a united front against Tom. Just when Tom has enough and decides to pack his bags, Lucy tells him Gino had a terrible accident. She also tells about the corruption of Hawlett Trucking.
Director(s): Cy Endfield
Production: J. Arthur Rank Productions
91 min

You bring it round on this belt

up to the ballast hoppers.

This is the three-eighths half-inch hopper.

This is the quarter-inch gravel.

It's the gravel we use.

- You know how to work it?

- No.

Now, get up there and level it off.

The cops like it that way.

Blimey, they've let you out

today, have they, Ed?

aye, doctor's orders

That'll keep your tail down. Come on.


From now on, it's the run.

I'm timing you.

Give her the gun.

Doesn't come round so friendly

now she's loaded, does she?

You've got to keep that needle north of 30.

Every mile you get above that

you can reckon on another sixpence an hour.

Drop below it and you're out of a job.



Don't ease up.

- Suppose we meet something?

- Supposing we don't?

Look on the bright side.

Now, keep straight on.

Let the road look after itself.

Good for you.


Red chasing Johnny.

You didn't have to stop.

Come on, get moving.

We're losing time.

We've got a long way to go yet.

What's the matter?

Who says anything's the matter?

Oh, you're improving.

Here we are

You've made it. Wasn't bad, was it?

All right.

OK, tip up.

Nudge her forward a bit.

How did I do?


Didn't get it, eh?

Come on, come on.


What happens now?


- Oh, well, you drive.

- Me? I can't.

The police took away my licence.

Hey come here.

Lucy, come here.


Let's have another look at that licence.

Yes, Mr Cartley?

Truck 1. Make out a log-book.

Yes, Mr Cartley.

When do I start?


start him tomorrow. Cards, particulars,

next of kin. Look after him.

Yes, Mr Cartley.


Well, aren't you the lucky one?

- The fitter had me worried.

- Ed? Oh, you needn't have.

I put in a good word for you.


What did you say?

Oh, I said you were a... friend of mine.

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John Kruse

John Kruse (1921–2004) was an English film and television screenwriter, director and novelist. He is mostly remembered for his work on ITC classic TV series The Saint, as well as several films of the franchise, and as the author of the best-selling novel Red Omega. more…

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