The Hitch-Hiker

Overview

Two men on a fishing trip pick up a psychopathic fugitive with an intense hatred of humanity in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller directed by Ida Lupino and written by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Ray Collins (Edmund O'Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) are on their way to a relaxing weekend on the lake when they make the fateful mistake of giving a ride to Emmett Myers (William Tallman), a ruthless killer on the run from the cops. As a young child Myers was severely abused, and ...
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Overview

Two men on a fishing trip pick up a psychopathic fugitive with an intense hatred of humanity in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller directed by Ida Lupino and written by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Ray Collins (Edmund O'Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) are on their way to a relaxing weekend on the lake when they make the fateful mistake of giving a ride to Emmett Myers (William Tallman), a ruthless killer on the run from the cops. As a young child Myers was severely abused, and now he's determined to make the world suffer for the atrocities committed against him. An unrepentant sadist, Myers repeatedly uses his faulty eye (which is permanently open) to trick his two terrified victims into believing they have gained the upper hand in the tense stand-off, only to turn the tables on them at the last second. Inspired by the horrific crimes of real life mass murderer William Cook, who was eventually executed in San Quentin.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Adam Bregman
A taut, thrilling B-movie, The Hitch-Hiker features fasten-your-seatbelts, edge-of-your-seat tension from start to finish. Ida Lupino really makes her mark here as a director with a film that is as tough and merciless as anything any of her male counterparts were creating at the time. Edmund O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy are good as regular joes who are on the longest and worst fishing trip of their lives. But it's William Talman as their sadistic kidnapper who is brilliant. This is one of those performances that all future criminal scumball characters can be measured by. Talman's cold-blooded killer personifies America's deepest fears about random crime that can strike anyone anywhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/15/2013
  • UPC: 738329120122
  • Original Release: 1953
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  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: Remastered
  • Time: 1:11:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 35,389

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmond O'Brien Ray Collins
Frank Lovejoy Gilbert Bowen
William Talman Emmett Myers
José Torvay Capt. Alvarado
Sam Hayes Sam
Wendell Niles Wendell
Jean del Val Inspector General
Clark Howat Government Agent
Natividad Vacio Jose
Rodney Bell William Johnson
Nacho Galindo Proprietor
Martin Garralaga Bartender
Tony Roux Gas Station Owner
Jerry Lawrence News Broadcaster
Felipe Turich Mexican Man in Car
Rosa Turich Woman
George Navarro Salesman
Joe Dominguez Man
Wade Crosby Joe the Bartender
Henry Escalante Mexican Guard
Ed Hinton Chief of Police
Larry Hudson FBI Agent
Al Ferrara Gas Station Attendant
Gordon Barnes Hendrickson
Technical Credits
Ida Lupino Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert L. Joseph Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Douglas Stewart Editor
Harold E. Wellman Special Effects
Collier Young Producer, Screenwriter
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