The Hitch-hiker Reviews

September 28, 2019
Lupino's atmospheric direction and powerhouse performances make this worth catching.
August 7, 2019
A lean, mean, nasty piece of work that deserves to be rediscovered.
March 5, 2018
A perilous and grim film noir entry.
March 5, 2018
This hell-for-leather 1953 noir demonstrates Ida Lupino's facility with actors and flawless pacing.
March 5, 2018
Lupino draws a performance of crackling malevolence from William Talman, as the serial killer physically and mentally scarred by his abusive childhood. Equally authentic is the impotent terror of weekend fishermen Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy.
November 5, 2013
If they gave awards for holding a gun in every single scene of a film from start to finish, (William) Talman would have won.
October 22, 2013
There's no estrogen whatsoever in The Hitch-Hiker, as spare and muscular a picture as the 1950s ever produced.
October 31, 2006
Both Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy are experts as stalwart men gripped in a situation they never made.
June 24, 2006
Taut, tough, and entirely without macho-glorification, it's a gem, with first-class performances from its three protagonists, deftly characterised without resort to clich.
April 6, 2006
June 12, 2005
This suspenseful film noir is superbly acted and sharply helmed by Ida Lupino, one of the few women directors in Hollywood of the 1950s.
December 10, 2004
Talman's performance as a sadistic sleaze was powerful.
November 19, 2004
October 3, 2002