The Hitch-Hiker

Overview

Daniel Mainwaring took this story right out of the headlines of the day, penning this true story of a mass murderer who was eventually executed in San Quentin's gas chamber. Released during McCarthy's witch-hunt, Mainwaring was not given credit because Howard R. Hughes, who produced it under RKO, refused to give credit to any "radicals." The story is that of two men on a fishing trip who pick up a hitchhiker. He turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who has committed multiple murders, a sociopath who hates ...
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Overview

Daniel Mainwaring took this story right out of the headlines of the day, penning this true story of a mass murderer who was eventually executed in San Quentin's gas chamber. Released during McCarthy's witch-hunt, Mainwaring was not given credit because Howard R. Hughes, who produced it under RKO, refused to give credit to any "radicals." The story is that of two men on a fishing trip who pick up a hitchhiker. He turns out to be a sadistic psychopath who has committed multiple murders, a sociopath who hates humanity because of his own abuse as a child. He also has an affliction which terrifies these two men: an eye which is permanently open, thereby never allowing them to know if he is really asleep or just faking it--something which he does with regularity to scare them...letting them take off and then meeting up with them just as they feel they have escaped from him. A tense thriller skillfully directed by the only female director of the time, Ida Lupino, it is a suspenseful tale of terror on the highways.
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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: 6/24/2003
  • UPC: 089218418197
  • Original Release: 1953
  • Rating:

  • Source: Alpha Video
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Time: 1:10:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 15,105

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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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Chapter 1 [11:26]
2. Chapter 2 [14:17]
3. Chapter 3 [11:50]
4. Chapter 4 [8:28]
5. Chapter 5 [10:42]
6. Chapter 6 [12:50]
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