''X Marks The Spot'' is an educational short film from 1944, produced by the UsefulNotes/NewJersey Department Of Motor Vehicles, concerning the dangers of reckless and inconsiderate driving habits.

Meet Joe Doakes, the single worst driver in New Jersey. Quite possibly the worst driver in the entire world, to hear his guardian angel tell the tale. He speeds through school zones, makes turns from the wrong lane, zips into intersections without looking, and literally runs people off the road whilst passing. On hills. In the face of oncoming traffic. And, somehow, someway, it's ''[[SarcasmMode always]]'' [[NeverMyFault the other guy's fault]].

This being [[ScareEmStraight the type of film it is]], you just know Joe is heading for a bad end. In fact, Joe gets himself killed in an auto accident when his angel takes a breather and must plead his case in traffic court in the afterlife. The title itself refers to the actual spot where Joe dies.

Not to be confused with the [[Film/XMarksTheSpot 1931/1942 films]] about rubber racketeering, nor with Creator/TheBBC Radio 4 [[Series/XMarksTheSpot game show]] from the late 90s.

For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' episode featuring this short film see [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S02E10KingDinosaur here]].

!!This short film provides examples of:
* BreakingTheFourthWall: The judge enlists the viewer to pass judgement upon poor Joe.
* CelestialBureaucracy: We just get a little look at the divine judiciary, but a larger bureaucracy is implied by the scale of the court itself -- Joe is arraigned in what appears to be a specific vehicular-offense sector in the department for the state of New Jersey.
* CurseCutShort / LastSecondWordSwap: See Moral Event Horizon, below.
* DrivesLikeCrazy: Joe, of course. Consider:
** DamnedByFaintPraise: Joe meekly notes he never hit-and-run. Gee, Joe, you're a freakin' ''angel''!
** DrunkDriver: Joe insists that he only drinks "a cocktail or two" on occasion, and is thoroughly berated by the judge for it.
** HairTriggerTemper: When behind the wheel, literally anything can (and will) set Joe off. According to the Judge, it's UpToEleven when Joe is a ''pedestrian''.
** NeverMyFault: Joe's attitude when driving. [[ImplausibleDeniability Even if the light is against him]], it's not his fault.
** UpToEleven: Seriously, one would hope there's no way a person with Joe's driving record could possibly hold a drivers license for more than a month, let alone ''fifteen years''. The film itself even lampshades this at one point.
* [[ForcedToWatch Forced to Listen]]: Joe's reaction to the "accident clock" [[spoiler:in the heavenly courtroom]] is treated almost as an AndIMustScream moment.
-->'''Joe:''' [as clock counts upward] Stop it, stop it! Can't you ''stop'' it?\\
'''Judge:''' Stop it? [[{{Anvilicious}} How I wish I could stop it.]]
* [[IronicHell Ironic Purgatory]]: The judge concludes that [[spoiler:the things Joe's guardian angel suffered on-duty repaid his debt for his own driving sins in life, and declares him a free ghost. "What a relief, what a relief..."]][[note]]'''Joel:''' [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere To hell with Joe, I'm outta here!]][[/note]]
* ItsAllMyFault: The Guardian Angel states that Joe's death is because he looked away for one second (out of exhaustion). The Judge tells him that no one could have stuck with Joe as much as he did.
* {{Joisey}}: Where the short takes place. The Guardian Angel sports a thick Joisey accent, too.
* MoralEventHorizon: Invoked; when Joe tells the judge that he never committed a hit-and-run, the unimpressed judge explains that if Joe had, he'd have been booked [''Guardian Angel harrumphs''] "...in a ''[[{{Hell}} lower]]'' court".
* PetTheDog: Joe is given a couple of these, just to prove he's not a complete lunatic. At least he learned to slow down near schools; and his guardian angel makes it clear that he's a nice enough guy outside of a car.
* ScareEmStraight: Not only the film as a whole, but also a couple of internal examples:
** At one point Joe tries to cross a street without waiting for traffic (he's no better a pedestrian than he is a driver) and takes a long stay in hospital.
** After nearly running over a child in a school zone, Joe learns to slow down. After all, [[PetTheDog Joe has kids too]].
* SocietyMarchesOn: Joe pleads he still has a full book of A coupons (presumably for gas). Ah, UsefulNotes/WorldWarII rationing...
* UnwantedAssistance: Although the guardian angel tries to advocate on Joe's behalf, he's clearly fed up with having to defend the guy; as such, he often winds up admonishing Joe himself, or admitting the whole truth when the Judge prods him on the details.
* YouSuck: The film ends with the Judge addressing the audience as the jury, asking them to think whether they themselves are good enough drivers to be qualified to sentence Joe. Of course, the answer is very likely "yes," making this fall rather flat, though a lot of other things, such as regular emissions checkups, are a not-so-gentle reminder.