November 24, 2014

Films

Hell Drivers – 1957 | 108 mins | Thriller, Drama | B&W

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Plot Synopsis

Hell Drivers

Britain’s own screen toughie Stanley Baker is excellent in this solid, gritty thriller. Baker and Endfield reunited a few years later to make Zulu.

Baker plays Tom Yately, an ex-jailbird signing up with a crooked haulage firm where unforgiving Cartley (William Hartnell) is the corrupt manager. The drivers have to make high-speed runs to collect their bonuses, sweating as the speedometer hits 40mph, all in pursuit of number one driver Red (Patrick McGoohan). After Tomís Italian friend Gino (Herbert Lom) is killed by Red and Cartley, Tom sets out to put an end to the scam Ė killing the two when their truck goes over the edge of a quarry during the pursuit.

Production Team

Cy Endfield: Director
Ernest Archer: Art Direction
Geoffrey Unsworth: Cinematographer
Yvonne Caffin: Costume Design
John D Guthridge: Editing
Stella Rivers: Makeup Department
WT Partleton: Makeup Department
Hubert Clifford: Music
Benjamin Fisz: Producer
John Kruse: Script
Cy Endfield: Script
Jim Groom: Sound Department
Robert T MacPhee: Sound Department

Cast

Stanley Baker: Tom Yately
Herbert Lom: Gino
Patrick McGoohan: Red
Peggy Cummins: Lucy
William Hartnell: Cartley
Sid James: Dusty
Wilfrid Lawson: Ed
Jill Ireland: Jill
Alfie Bass: Tinker
Gordon Jackson: Scottie
David McCallum: Jimmy
Sean Connery: Tom



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