They Drive by Night
They Drive by Night (1940)

Two hard-boiled truckers are committed to a life as wildcatters.

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: August 3, 1940
DVD Release Date: November 4, 2003
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Critic Score: 96% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Richard Brody
New Yorker

The pugnacity of Walsh's comic direction infuses turbulently free enterprise with tragedy.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

[Walsh's] personal response to the material puts it across.

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Michael E. Grost
Classic Film and Television

Riveting mix of working man film and crime drama, inventively directed by Raoul Walsh.

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Variety Staff

Fast moving and actionful melodrama of long-haul trucking biz, They Drive clicks with plenty of entertainment content.

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Fernando F. Croce

Ripping view of toilers and hustlers still half-stuck in the Depression

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

Walsh keeps the film close to the ground and makes the transition between the two very different stories with complete confidence.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

For fanciers of hard-boiled cinema, They Drive By Night still offers an entertaining ride.

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Donald J. Levit
ReelTalk Movie Reviews

Performances are fine, with a bonus in the endearing corny wisecracking and dialogue of a type that cinema has now abandoned in favor of visual effects.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Sem se decidir se quer ser um drama sobre a difícil vida dos caminhoneiros ou um frágil e artificial filme de tribunal, este trabalho de Walsh desperdiça Raft, Bogie e Sheridan, além de contar com uma atuação pavorosamente ruim de Lupino.

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Flixster Audience Score: 71% Flixster User Reviews
Aj V
I don't know why there was a fascination with truck drivers in the 40s, but the movies about them always turned out great. This movie is no exception, and… More
jay nixon
ida owns this
danny d
a wonderful film. raft and bogart make a solid team and the subject matter is one that most people would never think could make a solid drama. the script is… More
Michael Gildea
Ida Lupino makes the movie. I don't know why, but a one-armed Bogart is kind of funny.
Veronique Kwak
a neglected classic directed by raoul walsh (who also handled the ultimate james cagney gangster classic "white heat"), a star-studded flicks with… More