The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

1953 | USA | Ida Lupino | ★★★

Ida Lupino's The Hitch-Hiker is an entertaining but not always convincing Mexico-set thriller, buoyed by some memorable images and William Talman's wonderful face, but hamstrung (at least somewhat) by gaps in logic and its low budget.


"The only true film noir ever directed by a woman, this tour-de-force thriller (considered by many, including Lupino herself, to be her best film) is a classic, tension-packed, three-way dance of death about two middle-class American homebodies (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) on vacation in Mexico on a long-awaited fishing trip. Suddenly their car and their very lives are commandeered by psychopathic serial killer Emmett Myers (William Talman)." Kino Lorber films