"One of the best road movies to emerge from a major studio in the 1940's" > > > > > George Raft and Humphrey Bogart share a driving ambition in "They Drive By Night", a feisty tale of brothers trying to make it as independent truckers. Ann Sheridan plays a truck-stop waitress dishing both the daily special and the patter. And Ida Lupino is a headstrong executive mixing business and romance with murder. With Bogart again riding shotgun en route stardom (which he would achieve the following year) and Raft at the wheel in one of his best roles, this fine example of Warner Bros. social-conscious filmmaking (directed by Raoul Walsh) proved a sturdy vehicle for both. It proved even more fortuitous for Lupino: her courtroom breakdown made her an overnight sensation that landed her a studio contract.