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The Hitch-Hiker (1953) was a Drama - Film Noir Film directed by Ida Lupino and produced by Christian Nyby and Collier Young.

The Hitch-Hiker was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1998.

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Ida Lupino at 100: The Hitch-Hiker

By Amanda Garrett on Mar 3, 2018 From Old Hollywood Films

A screenshot of the film noir The Hitch-Hiker (1953) featuring Frank Lovejoy (left), William Talman, and Edmond O'Brien. This article is part of The Free for All Classic Film Blogathon presented by Cinemaven's Essays From the Couch. The Free for All Blogathon gives bloggers the chance to write... Read full article


The appeal of The Hitch-hiker (1953)

By Carol Martinheira on Feb 2, 2018 From The Old Hollywood Garden

The appeal of The Hitch-hiker (1953) On February 2, 2018 By CarolIn Uncategorized As our titular hitch-hiker ruthlessly murders unsuspecting travellers in Illinois, leaving a trail of bodies behind in the film?s opening sequence, we?re immediately stripped of any sense... Read full article


The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 29, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Part of the harrowing allure of the Hitch-Hiker is that it’s actually based on a true incident?that?occurred?only a year before the events shown. It’s not as if someone took artistic license with some murderers and made it into a horror spectacle. Hitchcock’s Psycho especially come... Read full article


The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Jun 29, 2017 From 4 Star Films

Part of the harrowing allure of the Hitch-Hiker is that it’s actually based on a true incident?that?occurred?only a year before the events shown. It’s not as if someone took artistic license with some murderers and made it into a horror spectacle. Hitchcock’s Psycho especially come... Read full article


Film Noir Review: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

By Danilo Castro on Nov 25, 2016 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

“Nobody ever gave me anything, so I don’t owe nobody!” With the Interstate Highway Act of the 1950s, film noir became mobile. Vehicles filled driveways, four lane freeways lined the country, and big city predators were given free reign to explore rural America. Previously resigned ... Read full article


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Roy Collins: You stink, Myers! You smell! Just like your clothes! Sure, you'll make it to Graymas, but they'll catch up with you and put you out of your misery. You haven't got a chance. You haven't got a thing except that gun! You'd better hang onto it because without it, you're finished!


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The movie's poster was as #23 of "The 25 Best Movie Posters Ever" by Premiere.
Based upon an incident that happened in California in the early 1950s. A man named Billy Cook murdered a family of five, including three children, and then killed a traveling salesman. He then kidnapped two hunters and took them across the border into Mexico, intending to kill them, too, but before he could he was captured by Mexican police and subsequently extradited to the US, where he was tried for the murders, convicted, and died in the gas chamber at San Quentin on Dec. 12, 1952.
In an interview Talman recalled an incident that happened shortly after the release of The Hitch-Hiker (1953), in which he gave a chilling portrayal of escaped murderer and serial killer Emmett Meyers.He was driving his convertible in Los Angeles with the top down, and he stopped at a red light. Another driver in a convertible who was stopped next to him stared at him for a few seconds, then said, "You're the hitchhiker, right?" Talman nodded, indicating that he was. The other driver got out of his car, went over to Talman's car and slapped him across the face, then got back in his car and drove off. In recalling the story, Talman said, "You know, I never won an Academy Award but I guess that was about as close as I ever will come to one."
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The Hitch-Hiker

Released 1953
Inducted 1998
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