High Explosive (film)

High Explosive is a 1943 American drama film directed by Frank McDonald and written by Maxwell Shane and Howard J. Green. The film stars Chester Morris, Jean Parker, Barry Sullivan, Ralph Sanford, Rand Brooks and Dick Purcell. The film was released on March 27, 1943, by Paramount Pictures.[1][2][3]

High Explosive
Theatrical release poster
Directed byFrank McDonald
Produced byWilliam H. Pine
William C. Thomas
Screenplay byMaxwell Shane
Howard J. Green
Story byYou Can't Life Forever by Joseph Hoffman
StarringChester Morris
Jean Parker
Barry Sullivan
Ralph Sanford
Rand Brooks
Dick Purcell
Music byDaniele Amfitheatrof
CinematographyFred Jackman Jr.
Edited byWilliam H. Ziegler
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • March 27, 1943 (1943-03-27)
Running time
60 minutes
CountryUnited States




The film was based on a story by Joseph Hoffman, You Can't Live Forever. Pine-Thomas Productions purchased it in April 1942 as a vehicle for Chester Morris.[4]

The film was also known as Nitro Trucks[5] Howard Green wrote the script and Jean Parker was signed to costar.[6]

Filming started in August 1942.[7][8] The film gave an early role to Barry Sullivan. It was retitled High Explosive by December 1942.[9]


  1. "High-Explosive - Trailer - Cast - Showtimes". NYTimes.com. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  2. "High Explosive (1943) - Overview". TCM.com. Retrieved 2015-07-17.
  3. High Explosive Monthly Film Bulletin; London Vol. 10, Iss. 109, (Jan 1, 1943): 77.
  4. Jean Renoir to Direct 'Three Smart Girls Join Up' New York Times 3 Apr 1942: 25.
  5. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD: Paramount Will Make 'Night Plane From Chungking' -Chester Morris Cast New York Times 6 Aug 1942: 23.
  6. Of Local Origin New York Times 7 Aug 1942: 13.
  7. DRAMA: 'Feast of Reason' to Provide Unusual Plot Schallert, Edwin. Los Angeles Times 5 Aug 1942: A10.
  8. Actor Plays Joke Breaking Up Star The Washington Post 18 Dec 1942: B12.
  9. SCREEN NEWS HERE AND IN HOLLYWOOD New York Times7 Dec 1942: 23.
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