Hell Drivers is a slab of unabashed melodrama. The story [from a short story by John Kruse, adaptation by Cy Endfield], said to be based on a real one, has to do with the rivalries of a gang of haulage truck drivers, operating between gravel pits and a construction site.
Stanley Baker is an ex convict who gets a job as one of these drivers and immediately falls foul of Patrick McGoohan, the firm’s ace driver. Baker discovers that McGoohan and William Hartnell, the manager, are running a racket. The drama comes to an uneasy head when Baker’s lorry is doctored.
Endfield’s direction is straightforward and conventional, but some of the speed sequences provide some tingling thrills. Acting is adequate, but uninspired. Baker gives a forceful performance of restrained strength and Herbert Lom has some neat moments as his Italian buddy. Patrick McGoohan gives an exaggerated study as the villain. Peggy Cummins, as a village vamp, fails to spark a tepid love interest.