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STANLEY BAKER TRUCKS WITH PEGGY CUMMINS IN 'HELL DRIVERS'

THE HELL DRIVERS Year: 1957
With the cheating aid of that kind of sped-up effect used long ago on Keystone Cop shorts, the hauling-trucks for HELL DRIVERS picks up granite and races it back to the factory as quickly as possible... at breakneck speed taking neck-breaking curves... and newly hired ex-con Stanley Baker catches on that he's not very wanted... That is, the boss wants him fast, but not too fast...

And to NEVER beat the high score of antagonist Patrick McGoohan, looking like a severe, battered, modern-day pirate with a cocky grin behind the dangerous, risk-taking wheel, and this whole gang is a truly wild bunch that includes a young Sean Connery... and the only friend of Baker's square-jawed strong-silent-type is Italian romantic Herbert Lom, smitten with secretary Peggy Cummins, who's into the new guy instead.

Stanley Baker and Peggy Cummins in HELL DRIVERS Rating: ***1/2
The first half works best, before action has reason to slow down during the personal feud between polar opposites. Once Baker keeps getting bullied like in a high school movie (unrealistic as he'd be able to clobber stick figure McGoohan), there's not much left but the usual fist fight and intentionally predictable truck chase...

If only they'd stuck more on Baker vs McGoohan without all the after-hour parties, or the sullen background into Baker's family (including crippled bro David McCallum, who married Jill Ireland... as a waitress here... in real life). The thing is, there's enough Noir-like intrigue during daylight hours at work, so the action (sped-up trucks) and drama (Baker vs corruption) should have remained much longer to flesh out what really matters.
Stanley Baker and Herbert Lom in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker and Patrick McGoohan in HELL DRIVERS
Sean Connery and Patrick McGoohan in HELL DRIVERS
Patrick McGoohan in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker and Jill Ireland in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker and David McCallum in HELL DRIVERS
Peggy Cummins in HELL DRIVERS
Hell Drivers trucking in fast motion
Stanley Baker with Sean Connery in HELL DRIVERS 
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS 
Sean Connery in HELL DRIVERS with Herbert Lom
Sean Connery in HELL DRIVERS with Jill Ireland
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS
Hell Drivers featuring Sean Connery and Jill Ireland...
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker and Herbert Lom in HELL DRIVERS
Sean Connery in HELL DRIVERS
Sean Connery in HELL DRIVERS
Patrick McGoohan in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS with Herbert Lom
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS with Peggy Cummins
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS with Patrick McGoohan
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS
Ken Richmond bangs the Rank gong for HELL DRIVERS
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Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS wih Sean Connery
Stanley Baker in HELL DRIVERS with Herbert Lom
Sean Connery in HELL DRIVERS
Peggy Cummins in HELL DRIVERS with Herbert Lom
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Sean Connery in HELL DRIVERS

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