The Hitch-Hiker

Ida LupinoUSA70 minutes1953PGB&WEnglish Spanish

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Driving down Mexico way en route to a long-awaited fishing trip, buddies Roy (Edmond O'Brien) and Gilbert (Frank Lovejoy) instead find themselves the unwilling accomplices to a crime spree when they give a lift to Emmett Myers (William Talman), a psychotic escaped convict looking to jump a ferry for freedom. Basing her scenario on a true story and making the most of her low budget and limited locations — much of the action is confined to the interior of the car, as the two men verbally joust with the sadistic Myers while desperately trying to find some way to alert the authorities — Lupino crafts a diamond-hard noir gem reminiscent of the hard-boiled work of her mentor Raoul Walsh. Atmospherically shot by Out of the Past cinematographer Nicholas Musuraca, The Hitch-Hiker is "taut, tough, and entirely without macho-glorification" (Time Out London).

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