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

- Hey

- Yes?

Er, I'm looking for a job.

Who do I see?

Oh, you're out of luck, chum.

- Who's one, mate?

- It's on now.

I heard you needed drivers. For ballast.

You a ballast driver?

I'm any kind of a driver.

What difference does it make?

That block, first door. Ask for Cartley.

Thanks a lot.

Must be hungry.

Thanks, Terry. Bung it down anywhere.

Lovely work, Jackie-Boy. Lucy loves you.

Oh, you're not Terry.


See you later, Jackie. I thought you were the boy

who was mending my typewriter.

I'm looking for Mr...


Is he expecting you?

I'm looking for a job.

You'll be lucky.

My name's Yately,

Joe Yately.

I met a character called Legoubin.

Oh, you know Leggy?

How is he?

They put a silver plate in his skull.

So I thought there might be a job going.

Why? To get a silver plate put in your skull?

Leggy said there was good money up here.


I'll see what I can do for you.


I heard you needed ballast drivers.

You met Legoubin, is that right?


Did he tell you how much

he cost us in compensation?

He couldn't handle the loads,

not at the speeds we want.

How long have you been driving?

12 years.

- Many accidents?

- No.

- Are you sure?

- Now look, I'll prove it.


Hm, no endorsements, no

convictions for speeding. Why not?

I guess I was never caught.

Name and address of your last employer.

I've been out of the country.



I want fast drivers.

50mph touch right round the clock.

- What kind of roads?

- Bad roads. Wet or fine.

- What about the speed limit?

- That's up to you.

If you're caught, you pay your own fine.

So if you don't think you can handle

ten tons at that speed, just say so.

What's the money?

We work a bonus system here.

You get seven shillings a load,

plus four shillings an hour.

Over what distances?

Ten miles each way.

12 loads a day minimum.

Anything under, you're fired.

It's a pretty rough pace, isn't it?

We've got one man that does 18 runs a day.

What about breakdowns?

You maintain your own lorry at night.

If you have a breakdown, it's your fault.

And er...

we like you to keep your vehicle clean. There's

a bonus each week for the best-looking truck.

If you've got one left.

You don't like the idea?

I like the money.

An itchy palm doesn't make a good driver.

It needs guts, confidence.

You don't inspire me.

You're looking for a sucker,

aren't you, Mr Cartley?

- Lucy?

- Yes Mr Cartley?

Phone the shop. Tell Ed to bring

the spare truck. Usual test run.

- Yes Mr Cartley

- Right

you'd better not be wasting

my time, that's all.

Ed, the usual.

Once over the run.


Here, you'll want these.

Have you driven one of this kind before?

I said, have you ever driven

one of these before?

Yeah... l've been out of circulation

for a little while.

Hop in, then.

What have you been driving?

Oh, this and that.


Well, take a tip.

These trucks are light on the trigger.

You don't have to fight 'em the way you're doing.

Loosen up a bit.


Now you've a corner.

Now don't check.

It'll run into it.

we're going too fast.

no we're not we're going dandy.

Step on it! Boost her round.

Well, let her swing, let her go.

There, see?

The brakes don't work. Didn't you see?

They failed on me.

Well, we stopped, didn't we?

Yeah, maybe they need pulling up a bit.

Come on, back up. I'll guide you.


Straight on.

Left a bit.

Now, straighten up.

Full left.

Look at your face.

Oh, them cows.

Yeah, I forgot about the brakes.


Now, you see, we get

the stuff from that pit there.

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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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