Hell Drivers

Screening on Film
Directed by Cy Endfield.
With Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins.
UK, 1957, 35mm, black & white, 91 min.

This frenzied anti-capitalist lorry actioner is directed by American Cy Endfield, who spent the 50s working pseudonymously in the UK to circumvent his status on the McCarthy blacklist back home. The story involves truck drivers pitted by their boss against each other in furious, ultra-dangerous, high-speed races along perilously narrow roads to see who can deliver the most loads of ballast gravel per day. This was a breakout role for star Stanley Baker, who just four years later turned down the part of James Bond in the franchise’s first film, Dr. No, because he balked at signing a three-picture deal. Ironically, eventual Bond Sean Connery appears in this film as a backgrounded driver. Ever-seething, ever-wrathful Patrick McGoohan’s violent rival to Baker supplies the bile and dread that propel this insanely pumped-up picture, with Gun Crazy’s Peggy Cummins the vortex of a romantic clash fuel-injected into the combustible admixture of romance, sabotage and revenge. Seriously cranked up!

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