Hell Drivers (1957, Stanley Baker, Patrick McGoohan)

After being blacklisted in the States, director Cy Endfield made a new career in Britain. Energetic actioner Hell Drivers proved his best movie (although Zulu was more popular). The premise sounds timid: an irresponsible firm of road hauliers encourages drivers of their beat-up trucks to drive recklessly in pursuit of bonus payments.

Enter ex-con Tom (Baker), in need of a job but soon at odds with foreman, bully and number one driver Red (McGoohan). With this story of rivalry and thuggery Endfield and his top-notch cast create a documentary-style portrait of 1950s Britain – and a tough thriller.

Cast: Stanley Baker, Herbert Lom, Peggy Cummins, Patrick McGoohan, William Hartnell, Wilfrid Lawson

Director: Cy Endfield
Producer: Benjamin Fisz
Writer: Cy Endfield, John Kruse
Photographer: Geoffrey Unsworth