The Last Ride (1944)

54-56 mins | Drama | 7 October 1944

Director:

D. Ross Lederman

Cinematographer:

James Van Trees

Editor:

Harold McLernon

Production Designer:

Leo Kuter

Production Company:

Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
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HISTORY

The film's working title was Murder on Wheels. The DV review notes that the film's rubber shortage plot, although timely when the film was made in 1942, was somewhat dated by its release in 1944, as the manufacture of synthetic rubber had eased the shortage to a certain extent. ...

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The film's working title was Murder on Wheels. The DV review notes that the film's rubber shortage plot, although timely when the film was made in 1942, was somewhat dated by its release in 1944, as the manufacture of synthetic rubber had eased the shortage to a certain extent.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
23 Sep 1944
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Daily Variety
15 Sep 1944
p. 3
Film Daily
14 Sep 1944
p. 9
Hollywood Reporter
12 Sep 1944
p. 3
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Jan 1943
p. 1115
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
16 Sep 1944
p. 2101
Variety
13 Sep 1944
p. 10
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
BRAND NAME
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
A Warner Bros.--First National Picture
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Jack Lucas
Dial dir
Asst dir
WRITER
Orig scr, Orig scr
PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir of photog
ART DIRECTOR
Leo E. Kuter
Art dir
FILM EDITOR
Film ed
SET DECORATOR
COSTUMES
MAKEUP
Makeup artist
PRODUCTION MISC
Unit mgr
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Murder on Wheels
Release Date:
7 October 1944
Production Date:

Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
6 October 1944
LP12869
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
54-56
Length(in feet):
5,086
Country:
United States
SYNOPSIS

When socially prominent Joe Taylor discovers that his automobile tires have been stolen, he despairs of finding more because of wartime rubber shortages. Then Joe's friend, Harry Bronson, gives him the telephone number of a tire bootlegger, and a short time later, Joe receives four new tires. After the tires are installed, Joe and his girl friend, Molly Stevens, race Harry and his girl friend, Hazel Dale, to a nightclub. During the race, Joe and Molly are killed when one of the new tires has a blow out, causing the car to swerve over a cliff. Joe's father, a newspaper publisher, insists on an investigation, and police detective Pat Harrigan is assigned to the case. Pat lives with Mrs. Kelly and her daughter Kitty, who took in Pat and his brother Mike when they were young. Kitty is in love with Mike, who has become a petty gangster. Pat's examination of the tire reveals that it consists of a thin layer of new tread attached to an old tire. After Hazel tells Pat about the events of the previous night, Pat sets a trap for the racketeers. Two of the men are arrested on manslaughter charges, but another escapes and carries the news of the arrest to the head of the racket, police captain Charlie Butler. Meanwhile, at home, Pat finds Mike visiting Kitty. Pat suspects that his brother might be involved in the racket and advises him to get out if he can. Mike denies that he is involved, but later, in a meeting with his confederates, unsuccessfully tries to leave. After the arrested men are indicted, ...

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When socially prominent Joe Taylor discovers that his automobile tires have been stolen, he despairs of finding more because of wartime rubber shortages. Then Joe's friend, Harry Bronson, gives him the telephone number of a tire bootlegger, and a short time later, Joe receives four new tires. After the tires are installed, Joe and his girl friend, Molly Stevens, race Harry and his girl friend, Hazel Dale, to a nightclub. During the race, Joe and Molly are killed when one of the new tires has a blow out, causing the car to swerve over a cliff. Joe's father, a newspaper publisher, insists on an investigation, and police detective Pat Harrigan is assigned to the case. Pat lives with Mrs. Kelly and her daughter Kitty, who took in Pat and his brother Mike when they were young. Kitty is in love with Mike, who has become a petty gangster. Pat's examination of the tire reveals that it consists of a thin layer of new tread attached to an old tire. After Hazel tells Pat about the events of the previous night, Pat sets a trap for the racketeers. Two of the men are arrested on manslaughter charges, but another escapes and carries the news of the arrest to the head of the racket, police captain Charlie Butler. Meanwhile, at home, Pat finds Mike visiting Kitty. Pat suspects that his brother might be involved in the racket and advises him to get out if he can. Mike denies that he is involved, but later, in a meeting with his confederates, unsuccessfully tries to leave. After the arrested men are indicted, Pat asks for police protection for his witnesses, Harry and Hazel. After obtaining inside information, Butler telephones their location to gunman Joe Genna, who plants a bomb in their car. In order to discover the head of the racketeers, the chief of police pretends to dismiss Pat from the force. Then later, when Pat is tipped off about a rubber robbery, he accepts a payoff to release the thieves and is invited to join the gang. Suspicious, Genna follows Pat and witnesses his meeting with the chief. Meanwhile, Pat learns that Butler is the head of the racketeers. When Genna privately reveals Pat's betrayal to Butler, Butler takes Pat to the tire plant, where he plans to kill him. After they leave, Mike learns of Butler's plans and races to the plant. There he kills Butler and is himself wounded. After telling Pat to take care of Kitty, Mike dies in his brother's arms.

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