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The Daredevil Drivers (1938)

Approved | | Action, Crime, Drama | 12 February 1938 (USA)
Bill Foster, a suspended auto racer, attempts to get even with Jerry Neeley, the woman who owns a bus line, by going to work for the rival company. But Bill soon learns about his new boss' shady practices and begins to fall for Jerry.

Director:

B. Reeves Eason

Writers:

Sherman L. Lowe (screen play), Charles R. Condon (from an original story by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Beverly Roberts ... Jerry Neeley
Dick Purcell ... Bill Foster
Gloria Blondell ... Lucy McAuliffe aka Lucy Mack
Gordon Oliver ... Mark Banning
Charley Foy ... 'Stub' Wilson
Donald Briggs ... Tommy Burnell
Eric Stanley Eric Stanley ... Mr. Lane
Max Hoffman Jr. Max Hoffman Jr. ... Joe Bailey
Ferris Taylor ... Councilman Baker
Cliff Clark Cliff Clark ... Mr. McAullife
Earl Dwire ... Mr. Perkins
William Hopper ... Neeley Bus Driver
Fred Lawrence ... Burnell Bus Driver
Anderson Lawler ... Mr. Bounty (as Anderson Lawlor)
John Harron ... Mr. Chet Maxfield
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Storyline

A hotshot race-car driver gets suspended, and winds up driving for a shady bus company. This causes problems with his girlfriend, who owns a rival--but much more reputable--bus company. To get back on his girlfriend's good side, he looks a little deeper into the company he's working for and discovers that it's a front for a criminal gang. Written by frankfob <frankfob2@yahoo.com>

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He Loves Danger! She's Dangerous To Love! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 February 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Highway Pirates See more »

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Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The working title was "Highway Pirates". See more »

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In the newspaper article about the default judgment of the lawsuit, the name of the owner of the bus line is incorrectly written as G. Neeley. See more »

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The cars are the stars...
21 July 2005 | by jbacks3See all my reviews

This Warner's First National programmer is only worth watching when Dick Purcell is behind the wheel of a speeding vehicle. Produced by Charles Foy and co-starring his comic-foil younger brother, Charles, The Daredevil Drivers is a typical bad guys (in the form of a competing underhanded bus company) vs. good guys (underdog bus company ran by Beverly Roberts) and a wayward dirt track racer (Purcell) that gets in the middle of it all. I watched it mainly to see William ("Paul Drake") Hopper in a 20-second cameo (hey, he got screen credit!) as a disgruntled bus driver and to check out hottie Gloria Blondell's first stab at acting on film. What I came away with is how much better this could have been with a different cast. Neither Purcell (who could double for Dick Foran) or Beverly Roberts (imagine a bland Gloria Stuart) makes an impression and Charles Foy could be replaced by anyone from Shemp Howard to Frank McHugh to Allen Jenkins. Strictly a programmer, it's interesting really only for shots of spectacular dirt track racing that appear early on---the inserted stock footage looks fatal--- and the cars (the supposedly broke Purcell tools around town in a semi-customized Packard roadster). I'm still trying to figure out what Gloria Blondell saw in Charles Foy. There's nothing much here folks!


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