They Drive by Night

Synopsis: Brothers Paul and Joe Fabrini run a trucking business in California mainly shipping fruit from farms to the markets in Los Angeles. They struggle to make ends meet in the face of corrupt businessmen and intense competition. They are forced into driving long hours and one night pick-up waitress Cassie Hartley who's just quit her job at a truck stop. The three of them witness the death of a mutual acquaintance when he falls asleep at the wheel. This has a profound effect on Paul and Joe and they become determined to find a way to make the business pay so they can quit.
Director(s): Raoul Walsh
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
 
IMDB:
7.3
Rotten Tomatoes:
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Year:
1940
95 min
7 Views

I like your sugar. Why don't you

and your brother quit wildcat trucking?

With a legitimate company,

this is a swell job.

Why don't you get smart like me

and work for Ed Carlsen?

- Give me long distance.

- Hey!

Relax, I'm reversing the charges.

There's only one guy I'd sooner

work for than Carlsen.

- Who?

- Me.

You ain't working for you,

you're working for the finance company.

Soon as your truck's paid for,

you'll need another one.

Hello? I wanna talk to Mike Williams.

Standard 7-2961, San Francisco.

Reverse the charges.

Joe Fabrini calling.

Don't worry about me.

Someday you road-skinners will say,

"Joe Fabrini's a good guy to work for".

- And I will be.

- No doubt about that, kid, but me...

...I'll take the salary and let

someone else worry.

That's the easy way.

Give me a cup of coffee.

- Anything else?

- What else you got that ain't poisonous?

I don't know. I never eat here.

- How about taking my order, Red?

- How about taking your time?

Nice new fixture, Barney.

Yeah. She'll do.

Not a bad thing to know.

Nice chassis, huh, Joe?

Classy chassis.

Yes, and it's all mine too.

I don't owe any payments on it.

I'd be glad to finance it, baby.

Who are you kidding?

You couldn't even pay for the headlights.

What? He won't accept the call?

Wait a minute. Hey, Irish.

Lend me a buck,

I wanna pay for the call.

Get a load of the big trucking operator.

I still vote for a salary.

Okay. I'll pay for it at this end.

This is 2212.

Anything else?

Yeah, but it ain't on the menu.

And it ain't gonna be.

You better settle for a hamburger.

Okay. With onions.

Hello, Mike Williams?

What's the idea of ducking

my phone call?

I never take collect calls.

Where are you?

Barney's Caf, north of Lansdale, 99.

You got a busted wheel?

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Jerry Wald (September 16, 1911 – July 13, 1962) was an American screenwriter and a producer of films and radio programs. more…

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