The Last Ride (1944 film)

The Last Ride is a 1944 American crime film directed by D. Ross Lederman.[2]

The Last Ride
Directed byD. Ross Lederman
Written byRaymond L. Schrock
StarringRichard Travis
Eleanor Parker
Music byWilliam Lava
CinematographyJames Van Trees
Edited byHarold McLernon
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 7, 1944 (1944-10-07)
Running time
57 minutes
CountryUnited States
Box office$257,000[1]


With rubber increasingly scarce during wartime, a criminal ring sells ones of inferior quality to a man whose car then crashes, resulting in his death. Police detective Pat Harrigan is assigned to investigate.

Pat is living in a house owned by Kitty Kelly and her mother. His brother Mike has been seeing Kitty, but both are concerned about Mike's criminal activities. Pat goes undercover, pretending to have been suspended by the force, unaware that his own captain, Butler, is a mastermind of the criminal ring.

After a car bomb is planted by thug Joe Genna, following Butler's orders, Mike's conscience gets the better of him. Butler is about to lure Pat to his death when Mike saves him, sacrificing his own life in the process.



According to Warner Bros accounts the film earned $249,000 domestically and $8,000 foreign.[1]


  1. Warner Bros financial information in The William Shaefer Ledger. See Appendix 1, Historical Journal of Film, Radio and Television, (1995) 15:sup1, 1-31 p 26 DOI: 10.1080/01439689508604551
  2. "The Last Ride". New York Times. Archived from the original on March 6, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2014.
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