The Hitch-Hiker

1953 film by Ida Lupino / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The Hitch-Hiker is a 1953 American film noir co-written and directed by Ida Lupino, starring Edmond O'Brien, William Talman and Frank Lovejoy, about two friends taken hostage by a hitchhiker during an automobile trip to Mexico.[2]

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The Hitch-Hiker
Theatrical release poster
Directed byIda Lupino
Screenplay by
Produced byCollier Young
CinematographyNicholas Musuraca
Edited byDouglas Stewart
Music byLeith Stevens
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • March 20, 1953 (1953-03-20) (Premiere: Boston)[1]
  • March 21, 1953 (1953-03-21) (US)[1]
Running time
71 minutes
CountryUnited States
The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker was the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman. It was selected in 1998 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant."[3][4][5]

The film was a fictionalized version of the Billy Cook murder spree.