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Born to Be Wild (1938)

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66 min | Action, Comedy, Drama

Truck drivers Steve Hackett and Bill Purvis are fired from their jobs with the West Coast Trucking company for not using second-gear going down steep grades. Davis, the company vice-president, surprisingly asks them to carry a load of ...See moreTruck drivers Steve Hackett and Bill Purvis are fired from their jobs with the West Coast Trucking company for not using second-gear going down steep grades. Davis, the company vice-president, surprisingly asks them to carry a load of merchandise to Arrowhead and offers a $1000 bonus. He tells them it is a load of lettuce. Several miles out of Los Angelese, they are stopped by a mob of lettuce-farm workers on strike. When the first crate is tossed off the truck, it explodes and the two pals learn their merchandise is a cargo of dynamite. The workers let them proceed and they crash into a car driven by Mary Stevens, whom they had met at a restaurant. She and her dog, "Butch" (played by a Credited dog named Stooge), join them and they deliver their cargo, and learn unscrupulous real-estate operators have jammed the locks on the dam in order to ruin the ranchers and farmers and take over their property. Written by Les Adams See less
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Director
Joseph Kane (as Joe Kane)
Writer
Nathanael West (original screenplay)
Cinematographer
Jack A. Marta (as Jack Marta)
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Updated Feb 16, 1938

Release date
Feb 16, 1938 (United States)

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41 cast members
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Ralph Byrd
Steve Hackett Steve Hackett   See fewer
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Doris Weston
Mary Stevens Mary Stevens   See fewer
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Ward Bond
Bill Purvis Bill Purvis   See fewer
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Robert Emmett Keane
J. Stearns Davis J. Stearns Davis   See fewer
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Ben Hewlett
Wilson (as Bentley Hewett) Wilson (as Bentley Hewett)   See fewer
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Charles Williams
Company Spotter Company Spotter   See fewer
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Davison Clark
Stranger Stranger   See fewer
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Byron Foulger
Husband Husband   See fewer
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Edwin Stanley
Randolph Randolph   See fewer
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Sterlita Peluffo
Manuela (as Stelita) Manuela (as Stelita)   See fewer
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Lew Kelly
Reilly - Diner Counterman Reilly - Diner Counterman   See fewer
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Harrison Greene
J. Carroll Malloy J. Carroll Malloy   See fewer
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Anna Demetrio
Cristobella Cristobella   See fewer
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Stanley Blystone
Henchman (uncredited) Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Al Bridge
Kennedy - Trucker in Cafe (uncredited) Kennedy - Trucker in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
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George Cleveland
Stevens (uncredited) Stevens (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank Darien
Farmer (uncredited) Farmer (uncredited)   See fewer
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Eduardo Durant
Mexican Band Leader (uncredited) Mexican Band Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
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Robert Fiske
Man (uncredited) Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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James Flavin
Striker (uncredited) Striker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Harry Harvey
Wilson's Depot Henchman (uncredited) Wilson's Depot Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Oscar 'Dutch' Hendrian
Thug (uncredited) Thug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Hendricks
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Reed Howes
Gas Station Attendant (uncredited) Gas Station Attendant (uncredited)   See fewer
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Tiny Jones
Farmer's Wife (uncredited) Farmer's Wife (uncredited)   See fewer
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Ethan Laidlaw
Henchman (uncredited) Henchman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Edna Lawrence
Woman (uncredited) Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Chris-Pin Martin
Garcia (uncredited) Garcia (uncredited)   See fewer
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Pat McKee
Thug (uncredited) Thug (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dave O'Brien
Trucker (uncredited) Trucker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Frank O'Connor
Jim (uncredited) Jim (uncredited)   See fewer
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Jack Rockwell
Townsman (uncredited) Townsman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Carlos Ruffino
Mexican Band Musician (uncredited) Mexican Band Musician (uncredited)   See fewer
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Max Wagner
Jake - Trucker in Cafe (uncredited) Jake - Trucker in Cafe (uncredited)   See fewer
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Nellie Walker
Woman (uncredited) Woman (uncredited)   See fewer
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Dan White
Striker (uncredited) Striker (uncredited)   See fewer
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Maston Williams
Masher in Diner (uncredited) Masher in Diner (uncredited)   See fewer
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5.9 / 10 | 53 votes