The Hitch-Hiker (1953) is (arguably) the only film noir directed by a woman. Featuring almost no women characters in its tense, 71-minute cautionary tale, The Hitch-Hiker stars Edmund O’Brien (DOA) and Frank Lovejoy (staple of hard-boiled radio shows) as two regular guys on a drive to a fishing trip. When they meet the titular hitchhiker, played with menacing relish by William Talman, a vacation trip becomes a road to death!
But one hitchhiker is never enough! After we screen Lupino’s film, we will watch the dated and delightful 25-minute Alfred Hitchcock Presents episode “Hitch hike” (1960), directed by Paul Henreid and starring John McIntire, Robert Morse, and Suzanne Pleshette.
As always, use the hashtag #bnoirdetour