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Directed by Ida Lupino

United States 1953 71 mins. In English

One of Lupino’s fiercest, most to-the-point films is The Hitch-Hiker, a slim tale of a fishing trip gone horribly awry. On the way to a quiet weekend at the lake, two buddies (Edmund O’Brien and Frank Lovejoy) pick up a drifter (William Talman) who, having already murdered, is on the lam and perhaps seeking fresh blood. What follows is an examination of the lengths men will go to under extreme pressure, heightened by the pressure that comes when they least expect it. “A brutal story handled by Ms. Lupino, one of Hollywood’s very few female directors, with the same steely determination and emotional sensitivity found in her strongest performances.”—J. Hoberman, The New York Times. New 4k digital restoration!

Genres: Film Noir

Appears in: Three By Ida Lupino



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