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The Hitch-Hiker

Director(s)
Ida Lupino
Country
USA
Year
1953
Language
English
Duration
71 min

Remembered as one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s, Ida Lupino’s The Hitch-Hiker remains the only classic film noir directed by a woman. Screening for the first time in Montreal in its restored version!

Beyond its obvious cultural significance as the first and 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.

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Director(s)
Ida Lupino
Country
USA
Year
1953
Language
English
Duration
71 min
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