Thu, 15 September 2005
One of the only female directors of Hollywood's Golden Age, no one could coax more from actors or tell a story with greater economy than Ida Lupino. Her 1953 gem the Hitch-Hiker hooks you with the opening still and leaves you breathless and running scared for seventy perfectly polished minutes. Lupino rubs the sheen off violence to create a quasi-documentary vision of criminality striking at random the most remote corners of society. A profoundly unsettling film, it works above all on the male psyche, blowing wide open the post-war crisis of masculinity in a culture "up to its neck in IOU's." This podcast is brought to you by Clute and Edwards of www.noircast.net. To leave a comment on this episode, or make a donation to the podcast, please visit "Out of the Past: Investigating Film Noir" at outofthepast.libsyn.com/
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As one of Daniel Mainwaring\'s daughters, I would like to add some info re: The Hitchhiker. I have his draft of a speech later delivered to a mid-west university sometime in the 70s, and in it he said this about The Hitchhiker:\"Right after RKO and I parted company, Collier Young and Ida Lupino, who made small pictures and released them through RKO, offered me the writing assignment on the Hitchhiker. It was a good one. However you won\'t see my name on the credits. When Hughes found out I was writing it, he told Young and Lupino to fire me. We compromised. I finished the script and the put their names on it.\"
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