An unpredictable, anomalous, novelistic Hollywood film. It can feel a bit jarring to suddenly jump into, say, a courtroom drama, but Walsh makes these changes work. Some fantastic dialogue as well, particularly from the whip-smart Red. It's also strange to see Bogart in a supporting role like this; in another few years he'd have been the lead for sure.
Clearly Raoul Walsh got bored on about three occasions when making They Drive By Night. It's the only logical suggestion for the strangely jumpy narrative that leaps from one genre and storyline to another with no subtlety at all. Clearly at its best when Ida Lupino morphs into a complete nutter during its final stretches, it would have done better to focus on that story for the whole running time. Not bad, though.
Los díalogos cargados de agudeza y doble sentido son la mejor baza de esta película (además del hermoso rostro de Ann Sheridan). Los toques noir de la película son sobresalientes (El personaje de Ida Lupino alejándose mientras se cierran las puertas del garage). Sin embargo, el clímax en el juicio se resuelve sin grandes tensiones ni conflictos.