They Drive by Night. 1940. Directed by Raoul Walsh. 95 min.
With George Raft, Ida Lupino, Humphrey Bogart, Alan Hale, John Litel, George Tobias. Sheridan’s breakthrough year finally came in 1940, with roles in five major films backed by a studio campaign to promote her as “The Oomph Girl”—a soubriquet Sheridan said always reminded her of an old man leaning over. She’s still in an ensemble cast here (but what an ensemble), and director Raoul Walsh is at last fully appreciative of her self-confidence and salty sense of humor.