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The Hitch Hiker (1953)

Director: Ida Lupino
Actors: Edmond O'Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman, Josť Torvay
Runtime: 71 min.

Two men from California go on a fishing trip to Mexico where they pick up a hitch hiker who forces them to drive across Baja California in hopes of evading the authorities. The victims make multiple attempts to escape, but only succeed in bringing out the worst of their tormentor.

Trivia: Based on the true story of murderer Billy Cook who killed six people, then kidnapped two hunters and drove across the border to Mexico where he was captured by the police then extradited to the US. He was convicted of murder and sentenced to death. The Hitch-Hiker was released one year after his execution. Edmund O'Brien (Roy Collins) was a prolific character actor who won the 1954 Academy Award for Best Supporting actor for his performance in The Barefoot Contessa.