The Hitch-Hiker

Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (actress Ida Lupino), THE HITCH-HIKER is perhaps better remembered as simply one of... Read more

The Hitch-Hiker

Directed by Ida Lupino

Year: 1953
Running Time: 71
Color Type: B&W
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Country: U.S.
Language: English
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The Hitch-Hiker

Cast
Frank Lovejoy
Edmond O'Brien
William Talman

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Directed by Ida Lupino


Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (actress Ida Lupino), THE HITCH-HIKER is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, THE HITCH-HIKER is the tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert.

Renegade filmmaking at its finest, THE HITCH-HIKER was independently produced, which allowed Lupino and ex-husband/producer Collier Young to work from a treatment by blacklisted writer Daniel Mainwaring, and tackle an incident that was too brutal for the major studios to even consider.

Awards

  • National Film Registry 1998

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PLAYDATES

Venue City Date
Bryn Mawr Film Institute Bryn Mawr 1560830400June 18, 2019
Kiggins Theatre Vancouver 1557720000May 13, 2019
Amherst Cinema Amherst 1557288000May 8, 2019
Cinema Arts Centre Huntington 1554696000April 8, 2019
Colonial Theatre Phoenixville 1554004800March 31, 2019
Metro Cinema Edmonton 1551934800March 7, 2019


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