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The Hitch-Hiker

(The Persuader)

Archival Print


Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, Jose Torvay,

Please note 8:00 showtime.

Many, including Lupino herself, have called The Hitch-Hiker her best film. It is her only classic noir, a tour-de-force thriller in which agony is externalized in striking camerawork and on-pulse editing. Two Americans on a Mexican fishing trip pick up a hitchhiker, and their car and lives are suddenly commandeered by a psychopathic gunman with one eye that never closes, even in sleep. In the pitiless no-man’s-land of the Mexican desert, they attempt to outwit the unpredictability of evil. The Hitch-Hiker transcends a paranoid cautionary tale about the menace of strangers to focus on the existential crisis of Americans after they have glimpsed the other side.

Judy Bloch
  • Ida Lupino
  • Collier Young
  • Nicholas Musuraca
  • English
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 71 mins
Additional Info
  • Preserved by the Library of Congress

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Ida Lupino : hard, fast and beautiful (program note), UCLA Film & Television Archive, 2002

Ida Lupino: a reel woman (press release), Pacific Film Archive, Judy Bloch, 1992

Hard, fast and beautiful -- Ida Lupino. filmmaker and actress (program note), The Museum of Modern Art, New York, 1991

Ida Lupino in a new light (program note), Art Institute of Chicago. Film Center, Barbara Scharres, 1987

The hitch-hiker (review), Variety, Brog., 1953

[The hitch-hiker] (still)

Ida Lupino: actress and director (program note), National Film Theatre (London, England)

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