The Hitch-Hiker 1953 PG

8.00PM Wed 12 Apr 2017 (1hr 21mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Ticketed

SYNOPSIS

Two friends quickly regret their decision to pick up a hitch hiker on their way to a fishing trip in Mexico when their new passenger reveals himself to be a serial killer on the lam from the law. The Hitch-Hiker was directed by Ida Lupino and is commonly considered the first, and still one of the few, noir films directed by a woman. It is a lean, mean exercise in tension where the tight confines of the car are contrasted against the vast open plains of the desert through which they are driving – with neither offering a means of escape from the killer with a loaded gun in the back seat. The film is based on the spree killings of real-life murder Billy Cook, which took place only a few years prior to the film's release.

CREDITS

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, MONO, 71 MINUTES, UNITED STATES, ENGLISH / DIRECTOR: IDA LUPINO / PRODUCERS: COLLIER YOUNG, CHRISTIAN NYBY / SCRIPT: IDA LUPINO, COLLIER YOUNG / CINEMATOGRAPHER: NICHOLAS MUSURACA / EDITOR: DOUGLAS STEWART / CAST: EDMOND O'BRIEN, FRANK LOVEJOY, WILLIAM TALMAN / MUSIC: LEITH STEVENS / PRODUCTION COMPANIES: RKO RADIO PICTURES, THE FILMMAKERS / PRINT SOURCE: FROM THE COLLECTION OF THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS

PG | Mild Violence, Mild Themes