Danger, Women at Work (August 23, 1943)
Released on August 23, 1943: (running time 58 minutes) Three war time girls inherit a ten ton truck and decide to go into the trucking business.
Produced by Jack Schwarz and Harry D. Edwards
Directed by Sam Newfield
Written by Edgar G. Ulmer, Gertrude Walker and Martin Mooney
The Actors: Patsy Kelly (Terry Olsen), Mary Brian (Pert Benson), Isabel Jewell (Marie Smith), Wanda McKay (Doris Bendix), Betty Compson (Madame Sappho), Cobina Wright Sr. (Regina North), Jack Randall (Danny), Warren Hymer (Pete Dugan), Vince Barnett (Benny, finance company bill collector), Michael Kirk (Tommy Jones), Lester Dorr (Toby, desk clerk), Forrest Taylor (hitchiker), Herb Vigran (unknown), Gary Bruce (Duke Edwards, gangster), Jack Ingram (henchman), I. Stanford Jolley (Dave Watson), Lew Kelly (passenger), Charles King (policeman giving the driving test), Pierce Lyden (henchman)
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Road Trip with Girls, Crappy Dice, and a 10 Ton Truck
J. Howard Miller was an artist working for the Westinghouse company in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in 1942, and was asked to create several posters that would boost the morale of the female Westinghouse employees that were doing work traditionally only done by men because so many of the working men had enlisted to fight in World War II. His most famous picture was of a girl wearing a red polka-dot head scarf and a serious, determined look on her face. She is rolling up her shirt sleeve and 'making a muscle' with a text balloon that says, 'We Can Do It!' This now-famous picture illustrates how important it was for women to leave their traditional place as homemaker and take over many jobs that were always considered 'for men only.' This historic movement of women into the traditionally male workplace continues to this day. I understand that today many women still do not get equal pay for equal work, but they are indeed performing equal work.
As our female comedy begins, a woman driving a cab pulls up to a gasoline pump operated by another woman. They discover that their roommate has inherited a ten-ton truck from her uncle, and before they know it, they are in the trucking business. This leads to that and they are suddenly on the road from Los Angeles to Las Vegas. On the way, they will pick up three more ladies, and the six of them will be chased by motorcycle cops, gangsters, bill collectors and gamblers. What chance do these six women have against the forces of the law and other men who want to stop them at all costs? The better question is: What chance to cops, gamblers and bill collectors have against six women on a mission? Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.
Cobina Wright Sr.
I. Stanford Jolley
Jack Randall and Warren Hymer
Jack Randall and Warren Hymer
Warren Hymer and Patsy Kelly
Mary Brian and Isabel Jewell