Ida Lupino's THE HITCH-HIKER & Alfred L. Werker's HE WALKED BY NIGHT
65th Anniversary; New Restoration
Ida Lupino's THE HITCH-HIKER (1953, 71 min)
Beyond its cultural significance as the only classic film noir directed by a woman (Ida Lupino), The Hitch-Hiker is perhaps better remembered as simply one of the most nightmarish motion pictures of the 1950s. Inspired by the true-life murder spree of Billy Cook, The Hitch-Hiker is the tension-laden saga of two men on a camping trip (Edmond O'Brien and Frank Lovejoy) who are held captive by a homicidal drifter (William Talman). He forces them, at gunpoint, to embark on a grim joyride across the Mexican desert.
Alfred L. Werker's HE WALKED BY NIGHT (1948, 79 min)
When an LA police officer is savagely gunned down, a city-wide manhunt ensues for his ruthless killer. But finding the murderer (Richard Basehart) proves difficult for Detective Marty Brennan (Scott Brady) as Basehart is always one step ahead of the law. Will modern police methods and sheer determination be enough to find the elusive cop-killer before he strikes again? John Alton's brilliant use of light and shadows shine in this groundbreaking police procedural that paved the way for the TV series Dragnet; which itself spawned an entire sub-genre of television crime-dramas that are still popluar today.
Friday, November 30