The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

Ida Lupino (1953)

12 Certificate


Our Score
Ida Lupino went down in history as the only woman to direct a film noir when she made this wilderness thriller, which was developed from a news story by Daniel Mainwaring (who was denied a credit by RKO president Howard Hughes because of his political radicalism). Making the desert seem every bit as threatening as the urban jungle, Lupino draws a performance of crackling malevolence from William Talman, as the serial killer physically and mentally scarred by his abusive childhood. Equally authentic is the impotent terror of weekend fishermen Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy, the hostages ordered to make for Mexico and uncertain when Talman's slender thread will snap.


Two men on a fishing trip make the grave mistake of picking up a hitch-hiker, unaware he is a deranged mass murderer who intends to take the pair hostage and force them to help him flee the country. Thriller directed by Ida Lupino, starring Edmond O'Brien, William Talman and Frank Lovejoy.

Cast & Crew

Roy Collins Edmond O'Brien
Emmett Myers William Talman
Gilbert Bowen Frank Lovejoy
Capt Alvarado Jose Torvay
Inspector General Jean Del Val
Radio broadcaster Sam Hayes
Himself Wendell Niles
Jose Natividad Vacio
Director Ida Lupino
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteAvailable on: DVD