Wildcat Bus Film Details
Overview: A small bus company run by a father/daughter team comes under attack by a group of “wildcatters” who want to put the company out of business so they can take over the profitable Los Angeles-to-San Francisco route.
Review: This picture reminded of the 1932 programmer “Taxi!” starring Jimmy Cagney, but in reflecting on what happened in this one, it’s a little baffling. I can see two rival cab companies going up against each other to try and steal the other guy’s customers, but how does it work with a cab company versus a bus company? It’s really two different types of customers, one presumably for the long haul and one for getting around town. Even back in 1940, I can’t imagine a cab company being so hard up for business they’d have to knock off a bus company. It just doesn’t make sense to me. Especially when you consider that both companies were vying for passengers on an LA to San Francisco run! But you know what floored me even more? When Ted Dawson (Fay Wray) took matters into her own hands to investigate possible sabotage on the part of the cabbies, she got a quote of four dollars to make the trip, and chiseled foreman Casey down to three and a half! How crazy is that? Things wound up a bit more believable at the finale with the reveal that the cab company was run by Ma Talbot (Leona Roberts), whose husband was fired by Federated owner Dawson (Oscar O’Shea) for stealing. Ma called the shots on when and where her goons would sabotage the buses causing them to crash, thereby creating a financial burden on Federated. Say, pay attention to that scene when Casey pays off Jerry Waters (Charles Lang) when he quit. Casey said he owed Jerry two dollars, but handed him more than two bills! But the better goof was when driver Donovan (Paul Guilfoyle) crashed his bus after a Federated thug ran him off the road. When Casey made his way into the bus, all the passengers were gone!!?? What!!?? Well even if a story doesn’t have much going for it like this one, I get a kick out of that kind of goofy stuff that no one ever picked up on while making the picture. It always makes me wonder why no one thought things through to consider whether events written into the script were believable or not.
Language: English, Spanish
Duration: 64 min
Genre: Action, Crime, Drama
Also known as: Wildcat Bus,Liga de sabotaje