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Ida Lupino

The Hitch-Hiker

Two friends on a fishing trip to Mexico stop to pick up a passenger, with dire consequences.

Image from The Hitch-Hiker

USA 1953
Dir Ida Lupino
With Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman
35mm print preserved by The Library of Congress
Certificate 12A

Differing in tone from Lupino’s other films as writer-director, this taut, bleak thriller concerns two friends on a fishing trip to Mexico who are prevented from returning to California when a hitchhiker they pick up turns out to be a fugitive serial killer. Making eloquent use of both the car’s claustrophobic confines and the vast emptiness of the desert, Lupino never lets the tension ease.

The screening on Tuesday 12 June 18:20 will be introduced by Mia Bays from Birds Eye View, and there will be a free Future Film Recommends post-screening discussion in the Blue Room for 16 to 25-year-olds.


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