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Film-Noir Double Feature: Detour (1945) + The Hitchhiker (1953)

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Sunday July 23 @ 7pm

Part of Cinematica’s Summer Road Trip series.

Join us for a dark, sleazy, twisted evening of classic Hollywood film noir suspense. Detour and The Hitch-Hiker both explore the “worst case scenarios” of hitch-hiking: in one film it’s the driver who’s bad news, and in the other, it’s the passenger…

Detour (1945):

Crime | 67 minutes | USA | Rated PG | Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer | Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage

“He went searching for love… but Fate forced a DETOUR to Revelry… Violence… Mystery!”

Detour, called by many the ultimate film noir, was made on a shoe-string budget and a six-day shooting schedule. When a piano player in a sleazy New York nightclub hitches a ride to follow his girlfriend to Hollywood, he gets drawn into a dangerous world of film noir trouble…

“One of the most daring and thoroughly perverse works of art ever to come out of Hollywood.” -Chicago Reader


The Hitch-Hiker (1953):

Crime | 71 minutes | USA | Rated PG | Directed by Ida Lupino | Starring Edmond O’Brien, Frank Lovejoy, William Talman

“Who’ll be his next victim… YOU?”

Two fishermen who pick up a psychotic escaped convict who tells them that he intends to murder them when the ride is over. This relentlessly suspenseful thriller was directed by Ida Lupino, one of the few women directors in 1950’s Hollywood.

“If they gave awards for holding a gun in every single scene of a film from start to finish, William Talman would have won.” -Movie Metropolis