A small time thief is recruited by a mobster to help with the racketeering. He doesn't like the job, but with the mob on his back, a femme fatale in his bed and a sick friend to care for, he will have to keep all his wits about him.
When he is pulled up in court for selling stuff on the street, Horace Pope says he was only doing it while waiting to enlist. The judge calls his bluff and forces him to sign up. Pope makes... See full summary »
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 eighteen 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.Written by
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Tom says that he is from a place not far from Cardiff, Wales called Blaen Llechau (which is a small village set on a mountain in South Wales). In actual fact Stanley Baker was from Ferndale, which is the village that Blaen Llechau looks down on. See more »
The truckers drive at full speed along narrow country lanes yet never crash into other vehicles. See more »
I've got a weakness for this movie. It is the story of a firm that employs lorry drivers to deliver on a short round trip and then pays the drivers for the number of trips per day, which creates strong competition and mad driving. The plot itself is perhaps a bit like a Western: honest driver vs mad and bad driver, which a love interest thrown in. But don't ignore it, its a good watch. 1950's lorry and bus spotters will enjoy it.
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