The Hitch-Hiker

The Hitch-Hiker

Edmond O'Brien
Director: Ida Lupino Cast: Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien
, Frank Lovejoy
Frank Lovejoy
, William Talman
William Talman
Ida Lupino


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Two men on a fishing trip pick up a psychopathic fugitive with an intense hatred of humanity in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller directed by Ida Lupino and written by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Ray Collins (Edmund O'Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) are on their way to a relaxing weekend on the lake when they make the fateful mistake of giving a ride to Emmett Myers (William Tallman), a ruthless killer on the run from the cops. As a young child Myers was severely abused, and now he's determined to make the world suffer for the atrocities committed against him. An unrepentant sadist, Myers repeatedly uses his faulty eye (which is permanently open) to trick his two terrified victims into believing they have gained the upper hand in the tense stand-off, only to turn the tables on them at the last second. Inspired by the horrific crimes of real life mass murderer William Cook, who was eventually executed in San Quentin.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/24/2019
UPC: 0738329232689
Original Release: 1953
Rating: NR
Source: Kino Classics
Region Code: A
Time: 1:11:00
Sales rank: 43,891

Special Features

Audio Commentary by Film Historian Imogen Sara Smith; Trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Edmond O'Brien Ray Collins
Frank Lovejoy Gilbert Bowen
William Talman Emmett Myers
José Torvay Capt. Alvarado
Sam Hayes Sam
Wendell Niles Wendell
Jean del Val Inspector General
Clark Howat Government Agent
Natividad Vacio Jose
Rodney Bell William Johnson
Nacho Galindo Proprietor
Martin Garralaga Bartender
Tony Roux Gas Station Owner
Jerry Lawrence News Broadcaster
Felipe Turich Mexican Man in Car
Rosa Turich Woman
George Navarro Salesman
Joe Dominguez Man
Wade Crosby Joe the Bartender
Henry Escalante Mexican Guard
Ed Hinton Chief of Police
Larry Hudson FBI Agent
Al Ferrara Gas Station Attendant
Gordon Barnes Hendrickson

Technical Credits
Ida Lupino Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Constantin Bakaleinikoff Musical Direction/Supervision
Albert S. D'Agostino Art Director
Robert L. Joseph Screenwriter
Walter E. Keller Art Director
Nick Musuraca Cinematographer
Leith Stevens Score Composer
Douglas Stewart Editor
Harold E. Wellman Special Effects
Collier Young Producer,Screenwriter

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