Tuesday, April 28, 2009

4/26/09: The Hitch-Hiker (1953)

Two buddies drive down to Mexico on a fishing trip and pick up a hitchhiker along the way. It turns out to be a very bad idea, because the guy they pick up is a psychopathic killer who enjoys playing mind games. I may be wrong, but that's the worst kind of hitchhiker.

The movie is famous for having been directed by Ida Lupino, the famous actress, and she does a decent job creating a tense atmosphere as the creepy William Talman waves his gun around from the back seat and barks orders to the two poor saps who pulled over and let him in. He's a decent nutjob, but he has the misfortune to follow the more interesting wackos played by Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Swanson and Robert Mitchum earlier in Fifties Week. The Hitch-Hiker is an OK time-waster, but I thought the ending was rather ho-hum. Rating: 3/5.

I gotta say, this was a pretty darn good week for movies. It whets my appetite for more Fifties fare in the future!

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