Scene 1 Wed, Mar 13 10:00 PM
Series Info
Series:Late Shift at the Grindhouse
Women's March
Film Info
Rating:Not Rated
Runtime:71 minutes
Director:Ida Lupino
Year Released:1953
Production Country:USA


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"The Hitch-Hiker's desert locales, although not so graphically dark as a cityscape at night, isolate the protagonists in a milieu as uninviting and potentially deadly as any film noir."
- Robert Porfiro & Alain Silver, Film Noir: An Encyclopedic Reference to the American Style

"The Hitch-Hiker is a tense film that never lets up for a minute." -

"The very toughest and most minimalist of film noir's dealing in particularly rough territory, The Hitch-Hiker comes highly recommended to those with an eye for the edgiest fare the genre has to offer." - Horace Cordier,

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 help 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.