The Hitch-Hiker and Detour | Shadowbox Studio | Screen: Special Showings | Indy Week

Screen: Special Showings

The Hitch-Hiker and Detour

When: Thu., July 6, 7-11 p.m. 2017

Shadowbox Studio hosts two down-and-dirty thrillers that'll remind you to keep to the main roads. The Hitch-Hiker, from 1953, the first noir directed by a woman (Ida Lupino), offers a cutting take on masculinity as two fishing buddies who pick up the wrong hitchhiker find themselves on a cross-country trip they're unlikely to survive. William Talman, who would later become famous for losing to Perry Mason every week as D.A. Hamilton Burger, cuts a memorably psychotic figure as the title character, who was then one of the dirtiest, nastiest pieces of work to ever hit the screen. Another grade-A B-movie, Detour (1945), flips the script, as a hitchhiker finds himself in a situation that looks like murder and soon descends into very real murder. Both films are extremely effective, if inadvertent, public service announcements that have stood the test of time far better than many of the more "glamorous" pictures they played under when initially released. —Zack Smith

Price: Free (donations accepted)

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