The Devil Thumbs a Ride (1947)





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The Devil Thumbs a Ride is a vintage film noir made by a director with something of a cult following as a director of atmospheric, extremely low-budget films such as The Man Who Cheated Himself. In The Devil Thumbs a Ride, a drunk salesman, Jimmy (Ted North) gives a ride to a hitchhiker Steve (Lawrence Tierney), an escaping murderer. He also picks up two young girls, and they all hide out in a beach house as the police close in. The ending is a surprise to even seasoned film noir fans. Lawrence Tierney one of the best of the hard-boiled, tough guy actors is great as the confident, menacing Steve. Considered a reliable director of "B" movies during his lifetime, Feist has become respected by film buffs everywhere for his ability to convey a unique, dark sensibility and mood.
Classics , Cult Movies , Drama
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RKO Pictures


Lawrence Tierney
as Steve Morgan
Ted North
as Jimmy 'Fergie' Ferguson
Nan Leslie
as Beulah Zorn, alias Carol Demming
Betty Lawford
as Agnes Smith
Andrew Tombes
as Joe Brayden
Marian Carr
as Diane
William Gould
as Capt. Martin
Arthur Q. Bryan
as Mac (man with dog)
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Critic Reviews for The Devil Thumbs a Ride

All Critics (3)

Lawrence Tierney's particular brand of sinister menace makes this "B" film one of the most jaw-dropping, startling examples of film noir I've ever seen.

Full Review… | May 14, 2009
Combustible Celluloid

It ends up as a ride to nowhere.

Full Review… | February 2, 2007
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This programmer from RKO has most of the things you'd expect from a low-budget noir, and just enough innovation to please the casual fan.

Full Review… | June 9, 2006
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Audience Reviews for The Devil Thumbs a Ride

it's the most fun i've had since 'detour'! if you're a fan of lawrence tierney, u gotta see this. and it's on youtube!!

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

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This is a tough one to find, but worth the search. Tierney does an excellent job as the cold-blooded hitch-hiker from hell. The way Tierney manipulates the passengers is really quite something, and there are moments of true suspense in the friend's house. Some of the acting from the lesser characters can be a little corny, but Tierney is more than enough reason to watch. And the climax is especially good. A definite must see for anyone in the market for a hard to find gem or fans of the film noir genre.

Adam Adkins
Adam Adkins

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