Directed by Ida Lupino. US. 1953. NR. 1 hour 11 minutes. Kino. Digital.
Sun., March 31, 2019
Screen legend Ida Lupino stepped behind the camera to direct and co-write this hair-raising slice of supreme film noir! Best friends Ray (Edmond O’Brien) and Gilbert’s (Frank Lovejoy) annual fishing trip takes a terrifying turn when the hitchhiker (William Talman AKA DA Hamilton Berger from TV’s Perry Mason) is revealed to be a vicious killer on the run from the law. Shocking and suspenseful, this first-rate film was selected for preservation in the United States National Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
“The Hitch-Hiker is a brutal story handled by Ms. Lupino, one of Hollywood’s very few female directors, with the same steely determination and emotional sensitivity found in her strongest performances.” – J. Hoberman, The New York Times