Two fishermen pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over.   |  When their car breaks down near a roadside motel in the middle of nowhere, they find themselves trapped with a woman-hating, masochistic killer. Jack places the man's wife, Susan, with the other captives, and shoots Patty in the head after Denise goes on an insult-laden rant against him. [8] The film was marketed with the tagline: "When was the last time you invited death into your car? While sexually assaulting Denise and Melinda, Jack is knocked out by the latter, who tries to escape with her friends. Mary Ann Anderson author of The Making of The Hitch-Hiker appeared at this event. For the facts are actual. You haven't got a chance. With Liv Hewson, Isaro Kayitesi, Claudia Pickering, Christiaan Van Vuuren.

In an attempt to protect the two innocent men, the police purposely alter information to suggest Myers is still in the United States. Directed by Adele Vuko.

As the car comes to a stop, the car horn can be briefly heard.

Foster, Gwendolyn Audrey. [2] Inspired by the crime spree of the psychopathic murderer Billy Cook (1928–1952), the screenplay was written by Robert L. Joseph, Lupino, and her former husband Collier Young, based on a story by Daniel Mainwaring, who did not receive a screen credit due to him then being on the Hollywood blacklist. Lupino stepped in to finish the film and went on to direct her own projects. The Hitchhiker is a 2007 American thriller film written and directed by Leigh Scott, and co-written by Jeshua De Horta.

Police surround the pier and take him into custody after some initial confusion over Myers' identity, and a brief scuffle during which he is revealed to be a coward. [7] The Hitch-Hiker premiered in Boston on March 20, 1953 to little fanfare[13] and immediately went into general release. While most films noir were filmed in claustrophobic cities, The Hitch-Hiker was filmed in the desert southwestern United States (territory similar to that of Baja California, where most of the story takes place), mostly in wilderness and small villages. You'd better hang onto it because ... After the trio stops to disconnect their stuck car horn, further down the road they experience a tire blow-out. Weeks later, Denise visits Melinda, and it is revealed that Jack had survived, and is being tried in Wyoming, where he murdered at least two women.

Critic John Krewson lauded the work of Ida Lupino, and wrote, As a screenwriter and director, Lupino had an eye for the emotional truth hidden within the taboo or mundane, making a series of B-styled pictures which featured sympathetic, honest portrayals of such controversial subjects as unmarried mothers, bigamy, and rape ... in The Hitch-Hiker, arguably Lupino's best film and the only true noir directed by a woman, two utterly average middle-class American men are held at gunpoint and slowly psychologically broken by a serial killer.

Approved Den of Geek Roy and Gilbert are heading to Mexico on a fishing trip together when they stop to pick up a hitchhiker.

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The others are recaptured, and while Jack is binding Melinda (who he has developed a fondness for, and regards as "special") a married couple arrives, looking for a room. Columns are in chronological order from 1978–2005, except for the two German radio series (1981 and 1990–1991). The sadistic Myers physically and mentally torments the men, forcing them to continue on foot and mocking their loyalty to each other by claiming that they could have escaped separately if they embraced Myers' each-man-for-himself ethos. The Hitchhiker is a 2007 American thriller film written and directed by Leigh Scott, and co-written by Jeshua De Horta. Law enforcement's tracking of Myers is covered extensively on the radio and the criminal is intent on listening.

They wrote, "The Hitch-Hiker's desert locale, although not so graphically dark as a cityscape at night, isolates the protagonists in a milieu as uninviting and potentially deadly as any in film noir. After giving the couple a room, Jack kills the husband when he goes to investigate noises coming from the room Melinda and the others are in. The Hitch-Hiker was her first hard-paced, fast-moving picture after four "women's" films about social issues. Jack gets into a shootout with the officers, who he kills while Melinda, Denise, and Susan drive off in their patrol car. Video Sundays: Gems of the Public Domain—William Dickson's "Dickson Experimental Sound Film". The gun belonged to the man. This page was last edited on 20 October 2020, at 22:02.

Too late they realise that the man has not really run out of petrol but is actually criminal Emmett Myers, who has killed his way across several states and is now using them to continue his getaway from the authorities. Travel back in time to check out the early roles of some of Hollywood's heavy hitters. The Hitch-Hiker is regarded as the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman and was selected in 1998 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."[3][4][5].

During the night, Jack shows interest in Melinda, and has rough sex with Kristina, who has a fiancé. You could do worse than dropping a few bucks down for this, but don't expect to be too surprised or scared by the assembly line plot". Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.

To appease the censors at the Hays Office, however, she reduced the number of deaths to three. Spotting Jack hitchhiking, the quartet pick him up, and soon after experience car trouble, forcing them to stop at a roadside motel.

"N/A" indicates that the role in question does not exist for that version of the story. [2], Felix Vasquez Jr. of Film Threat panned the movie, writing that the movie was "definite proof that all Leigh Scott had to do to ensure he'd inflict a cruel revenge on me was to make another movie".

Cook ordered his captive to drive into the desert, where he tied Deputy Waldrip up with blanket strips and took his police cruiser, leaving Waldrip to die. In addition to her critical but compassionate sensibility, Lupino had a great filmmaker's eye, using the starkly beautiful street scenes in Not Wanted and the gorgeous, ever-present loneliness of empty highways in The Hitch-Hiker to set her characters apart. You haven't got a thing except that gun!

Jade, road tripping with her two best mates, is carrying a deadly secret.

", A. H. Weiler, the film critic for The New York Times, gave The Hitch-Hiker a mixed review on its initial release. The manager tells the group that the nearest service station does not open until the morning, so they elect to stay.

“The Narcissistic Sociopathology of Gender: Craig’s Wife and The Hitch-Hiker,” Part 2. Here, in Hitch-Hiker, she shows proficiency telling a road trip story with a thrifty small cast that builds so much tension by the climactic conclusion. You smell! Hours later, Jack stops in a secluded area, and begins digging a grave for the woman he had bound and gagged in the back of his pickup truck. As Jack sleeps, Susan uses her cellphone to repeatedly dial 911, prompting a pair of police officers to stop by in the morning.

| One man badly twists his ankle during an escape attempt.

To evade the pursuing authorities, Myers forces the two men at gunpoint to journey deep into the heart of the Baja California Peninsula, toward the town of Santa Rosalía, where he plans to take a ferry across the Gulf of California.

On December 12, 1952, Cook was executed in the gas chamber at San Quentin State Prison in California.

Directed by Leigh Scott.

Yet her emotional sensitivity is also upfront: charting the changes in the menaced men's relationship as they bicker about how to deal with their captor, stressing that only through friendship can they survive. Myers, upon discovering that the regular ferry to Guaymas has burned, hires a fishing boat. Ida Lupino (screenplay), With Emmett holding the two friends at gun point, he forces them to drive deeper into Mexico – all the time making it very clear that they are only alive while he needs them alive and not any longer. Four women (Melinda, Patty, Kristina, and Denise) from Colorado Springs are driving through the area on their way to a nurse's conference in Las Vegas. Just south of Mexicali, they pick up a hitchhiker named Emmett Myers (William Talman), whose stolen car has apparently run out of gas.

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For an enhanced browsing experience, get the IMDb app on your smartphone or tablet. The Hitch-Hiker is a 1953 film noir directed by Ida Lupino, about two fishing buddies who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico. The inspiration for The Hitch-Hiker is the true-life story of Billy Cook, who in California in 1950, murdered a family of five and a traveling salesman, then kidnapped Deputy Sheriff Homer Waldrip from Blythe, California. [8], Lupino was a noted actress who began directing when Elmer Clifton got sick and couldn't finish the film he was directing for Filmakers Inc., the production company founded by Lupino and her husband Collier Young to make low-budget, issue-oriented movies.

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