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Hell Drivers (UK, 1956) & Impulse (1954)

August 1, 2014 @ 7:30 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive and the Hugh M. Hefner Classic American Film Program present “Hollywood Exiles in Europe.”

Hell Drivers (UK, 1956)
Directed by Cy Endfield.

Produced by the Rank Organization, Hell Drivers was a turning point for director Cy Endfield. Endfield (and Joseph Losey) regular Stanley Baker plays an ex-convict who takes a job as a truck driver at a gravel haulage company, but quickly grows outraged by the dangerous conditions and corruption he encounters. Filmed with brutal realism, Hell Drivers combines suspense with social analysis, and features a strong supporting cast.

The Rank Organisation Film Productions Ltd. Producer: A. Benjamin Fisz. Based on a short story by John Kruse. Screenwriter: Cy Endfield, John Kruse. Cinematographer: Geoffrey Unsworth. Editor: John D. Guthridge. Cast: Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan, William Hartnell.

35mm, b/w, 108 min.


Followed by:
Impulse (1954)
Directed by Cy Endfield.

Impulse, which Cy Endfield directed (as Charles de Lautour) and co-wrote (as Jonathan Roche), throws its American protagonist into two foreign worlds: the provincial village where he lives with his English wife, and the London underworld to which he is lured by a femme fatale. A low-budget B production, Impulse succeeds in fusing classic noir themes with an outsider’s view of British society that Endfield credited to his still “alienated eye.”

Tempean Films. Producer: Robert S. Baker, Monty Berman. Screenwriter: Cy Endfield, Lawrence Huntington. Cinematographer: Jonah Jones. Editor: Jack Slade. Cast: Arthur Kennedy, Constance Smith, Joy Shelton, Jack Allen, James Carney.

16mm, b/w, 80 min.

FREE Admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.!


August 1, 2014
7:30 PM
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