The Hitch-Hiker

Synopsis: Two friends on a fishing trip pick up a stranded motorist who turns out to be a psychotic escaped convict. This sociopath has already murdered other good Samaritans in his efforts to evade authorities. He sadistically taunts and threatens the two men and perversely delights in telling them that he has them both marked for death sometime before the end of the trip. His destination is a ferryboat in Baja, California, which he hopes will help him get to the mainland. The hostages hope to stay alive long enough to escape or be rescued by Mexican authorities.
Director(s): Ida Lupino
Production: Acme DVD Works
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71 min

At the next intersection,

why don't you turn south?

Chocolate Mountains were east last

time we headed that way. Who needs

the mountains? Head for San Felipe.

There's nothing to do in San Felipe

but fish. Well. . .

That was the idea, wasn't it?

Yeah, I guess so.

We might just pick up a drink

in Mexicale.

Remember Floribel

at the Alhambra Club? Yeah.

She's probably dead by now. It was a

long time ago. Yeah. Poor Floribel.

Well, there's no harm

in drinking a toast to her. OK.

Except for the war, this is my first

time away from Maudie and the kids.

D'you wanna turn back?

No, no. We've come this far.

Mexicale's beginning to sound good.

Guess maybes.

I remember that joint.

Bienvenidos, cavallieros!

Bienvenidos a Mexico. . .

This is the place, senors, come in.

Juanita's starting her famous

fan dance. You're just in time.

We might as well take a look.

. .Hey, Gil. Gil?

Sorry, friend, no sale.

Oh, well. San Felipe, here we come.

Out of gas? Yeah. Hop in.

We're going to San Felipe.

You can pick up gas there

and hitch a ride back.

Waiting out there long? Yeah.

Light me a cigarette, will you?



What are you doing, rolling 'em?

Face front.

And keep driving.

Sure, I'm Emmet Myers.

Do what I tell you. . .and

no fast moves. A lot of dead heroes

back there got nervous.

From now on, when you're driving,

keep both hands high on that wheel.

You, keep one hand

on the top of this seat,

the other hand high on that window.

All right. Now turn off

the next side road we come to.

Pull up.

Open the glove compartment.

What's the box?

Cartridges, 22s. Give 'em to me.

Close it.

Now this is how we get out

after this. First, give me the keys.

Stand away from the car. Then you.

Let's go.

Drop your jackets

around your elbows.

Turn around.

We're gonna open the trunk.


Pull your jackets up.

You, open the trunk.

Both of you,

keep your hands on the lid.

Throw me the keys.

Now get the blankets.

You'd never make it!

Get the groceries.

Whose gun is that? Mine.

Do you like to shoot? Yeah.

So do I. So I'm warning you,

don't try anything smart with me.


I told you my name. What's yours?

Mine's Gilbert Bowen.

He's Roy Collins.

What do you do for a living?

I'm a draughtsman. He runs a garage.

That makes you smarter.

Or does it?


You're lucky. It hit an empty

chamber. I used it a while back.

No fast moves!

The last guy made that mistake.

When are you due back?

No particular time. We told our

wives to expect us when we got there.

You got wives, huh? Any kids?

I have. Just keep thinking

how nice it'll be to see 'em again.

There's a checkpoint. Slow down.

No talking.

If I give you the word, step on it.

This car rides pretty good.

When I get where I'm going,

I think I'll sell it.

Where are we going?

Pull in at the next pump.

We'll fill up and get a road map.

I got an idea. . .

a pretty good one.

Aqui estas, senor. Gracias.

Speak English. He doesn't understand

English. I don't understand Mexican.

Leave the change. Let's go.


Gimme the map.

Take the first side road we come to.

Pull up.


All right,

now get out like I told you.

Here, you're the smart guy.

Spread the map out on the hood.

Get your hands up on the car. Look

for a town called Santa Rosalia.

How far is it?

About 500 miles. Is it on the Gulf

of California? Yeah. Does it talk

about a ferry across the Gulf?


Not bad.

We're loaded with time.

We can make that easy.

After that,

I won't need you guys any more.

I guess we won't be having rabbit

for dinner.

I wasn't trying.

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Collier Young

Collier Young (August 19, 1908 – December 25, 1980) was an American film producer and writer, who worked on many films in the 1950s, before becoming a television producer for such shows as NBC's Ironside and CBS's The Wild, Wild West, as well as the supernatural anthology series One Step Beyond (1959–61). Young went to Dartmouth College and graduated in 1930. Collier Young was originally an advertiser before he got into film producing and writing.Young was married to actress and director Ida Lupino from 1948 to 1951 and to actress Joan Fontaine from 1952 to 1961; both marriages ended in divorce. Young married businesswoman and former model, Marjory Ann "Meg" Marsh, in 1965. Young's film production credits included Outrage and The Hitch-Hiker, both with Lupino as director. He produced the movies Huk and The Halladay Brand.After his divorce from Lupino, Young was executive director of her 1957–58 CBS sitcom Mr. Adams and Eve, co-starring Lupino's then-husband, Howard Duff. He was creator of the long-running TV series Ironside, starring Raymond Burr. Young also produced the television show, The Rogues, in 1964-65, starring Charles Boyer, David Niven, Gig Young, Robert Coote, and Gladys Cooper. The Rogues won the Golden Globe award for "Best TV Show" in 1965. more…

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