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Hell Drivers  /  Sea Fury

Hell Drivers
January 16, 2016 - 7:30 pm
author Brian Neve.

Print courtesy of the BFI

Hell Drivers  (UK, 1957)

This stark and shocking exposé, director Cy Endfield's first film for the prestigious Rank Organization, sees out-of-work ex-convict Stanley Baker take a job with a trucking company, whose drivers are expected to make so many trips in a day they become a collective high-speed menace on the narrow country roadways.  This British version of the film restores many minutes cut from the American release.

35mm, b/w, 108 min.  Production: The Rank Organization Film Productions Ltd.  Distribution: J. Arthur Rank Film Distributors.  Producer: S. Benjamin Fisz.  Director: Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield).  Based on a short story by John Kruse.  Screenwriter: John Kruse, Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield).  Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth.  Editor: John D. Guthridge.  Composer: Hubert Clifford.  With: Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan, William Hartnell.

Sea Fury  (UK, 1957)

Sailor Stanley Baker joins the crew of a British tugboat engaged in rescue and salvage activities in the Bay of Biscay.  Marginalized by his jealous crewmates, the able seaman leads thrilling rescues at sea, but finds himself at loggerheads with the Captain himself when he falls in love with the older man's young fiancée, and she with him.

35mm, b/w, 97 min.  Production: Aqua Films.  Distribution: Rank Film Distributors Limited.  Producer: Ben Fisz.  Director: Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield).  Screenwriter: John Kruse, Cy Endfield (as C. Raker Endfield).  Cinematographer: Reginald Wyer.  Editor: Arthur Stevens.  Composer: Philip Green.  With: Stanley Baker, Victor McLaglen, Luciana Paluzzi, Gregoire Aslan, Francis deWolff.