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THEY DRIVE BY NIGHT, 1938, Emlyn Williams British Film Noir - rare DVD


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Item Specifics - Music Title : They Drive By Night
Artist : Emlyn Williams, Ernest Thesiger
5.50 19128327 An opportunity to buy a brand-new PAL (Region 2) DVD of one of the great British crime thrillers of the late 1930s: They Drive by Night, 1938, starring Emlyn Williams, with Ernest Thesiger Running Tim
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An opportunity to buy a brand-new PAL (Region 2) DVD of one of the great British crime thrillers of the late 1930s:

They Drive by Night, 1938, starring Emlyn Williams, with Ernest Thesiger

Running Time: approximately 80 minutes

The source material is superb – giving excellent sharp picture and sound quality.

Your brand-new DVD disc will be created from this source material (without any artwork), and will be supplied in a clear plastic wallet, NOT in a DVD case.

Note that the picture attached is for illustrative purposes only, and therefore it is NOT offered or included with this auction.


Region 2:

IMPORTANT NOTE for American, Canadian and other non-Region 2 buyers:

You will need a multi-region DVD player to play this disc.

They Drive by Night is a 1938 British black-and-white, crime thriller, directed by Arthur B. Woods starring Emlyn Williams as ''Shorty'', an ex-convict. It was produced by Warner Brothers - First National Productions at their Teddington Studios as a quota film under the “Cinematograph Films Act 1927”.  The film is based on the novel of the same name by James Curtis.

On its original release in the UK this film was well received critically with the author Graham Greene, a notable fan. Of the film he cited how close it came to French cinema with its realism and lack of romanticism. Leslie Halliwell's 1977 edition of The Filmgoer's Companion cites the picture as the director Arthur B. Woods'' most notable film and also a film of note for Ernest Thesiger.

What will I receive?

Your film will come on a DVD-R disc in a plastic DVD sleeve with no artwork. The title of the film will be written on the sleeve for your convenience.

Region 2

Note: This DVD does not contain any menus.

This film is now in the public domain.

Please read all the details of this listing so you know exactly what you are buying.

Directed by Arthur B. Woods

Executive Producer: Jerome Jackson

Written by (Novel & Screenplay): James Curtis

Music by          Ernest Irving

Cinematography           Basil Emmott

Editing by         Leslie Norman

Release date:    1938

Running time     84 minutes

Country            United Kingdom

Language          English

Plot summary:

“Shorty” Matthews (Emlyn Williams) having recently been released from prison visits his girlfriend in London only to discover her murdered. Fearing he will be wrongly accused of being the culprit he disappears amongst the long-distance lorry driving community. Meanwhile, the real killer continues to prey on London women. As ''Shorty'' fears he has become the main suspect for the murders. He returns to London with his old ''flame'' Molly (Anna Konstam) to prove his innocence.


           Emlyn Williams as Shorty Matthews

           Ernest Thesiger as Walter Hoover

           Anna Konstam as Molly O''Neill

           Allan Jeayes as Wally Mason

           Anthony Holles as Murray

           Ronald Shiner as Charlie, the café proprietor

           William Hartnell as bus conductor

           Leonard Sharp as Card Player at Billiard Hall


James Curtis adapted his own novel, They Drive by Night, to provide the screenplay for the film. The female victims of the book were prostitutes and to prevent censorship this aspect was watered down. Additionally, the book featured scenes of police brutality that were excised altogether.

The first BBC “Dr. Who” (in 1963), William Hartnell has a small role as the bus conductor and is credited as “Billy Hartnell”.


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