The Hitch-Hiker is a 1953 film noir directed by Ida Lupino about two fishing buddies who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico.
The movie was written by Robert L. Joseph, Lupino, and her husband Collier Young, based on a story by blacklisted Out of the Past screenwriter Daniel Mainwaring (who did not receive screen credit). The film is based on the true story of psychopathic murderer Billy Cook.
It is regarded as the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman. The director of photography was RKO Pictures regular Nicholas Musuraca.
In 1998, The Hitch-Hiker was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.”
Directed by Ida Lupino
Produced by Collier Young
Screenplay by Ida Lupino, Collier Young
Starring Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman
Music by Leith Stevens
Cinematography Nicholas Musuraca
Edited by Douglas Stewart
Production company The Filmakers Inc. RKO Radio Pictures
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates March 20, 1953
Running time 71 minutes
Country United States