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
“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”.