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Hitch Hike Lady (1935)

Approved  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  28 December 1935 (USA)
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In this touching tale, an elderly British woman saves up enough money to visit her son in the U.S. She believes that he is doing well, but he is actually a prisoner in San Quentin.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Alison Skipworth ...
Mrs. Amelia Blake
Judith Martin
Arthur Treacher ...
Mortimer Wingate
James Ellison ...
Jimmy Peyton (as Jimmy Ellison)
Warren Hymer ...
Cluck Regan
Beryl Mercer ...
Mrs. Bayne
J. Farrell MacDonald ...
Judge Hale
Christian Rub ...
Harold Waldridge ...
Oswald Brown
Irving Bacon ...
Ed Simpson
Lionel Belmore ...
Mr. Harker - Green-grocer
Miner (as George Hayes)
Dell Henderson ...
Clay Clement ...
Motorcycle Officer


In this touching tale, an elderly British woman saves up enough money to visit her son in the U.S. She believes that he is doing well, but he is actually a prisoner in San Quentin.

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Highway hilarity that will tie up titter traffic! See more »


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

28 December 1935 (USA)  »

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A Dama Errante  »

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| (edited)

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(RCA Victor High Fidelity Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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A nitrate print of this film is held by the UCLA Film and Television Archives, and is not listed for preservation. See more »


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Written by Wallace MacDonald
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Her son farming in San Quentin
23 May 2014 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

This B picture from Republic Pictures may have had a shoestring budget. But it boasts a nice group of familiar players with a very heartwarming story.

Hitch Hike Lady has Alison Skipworth in the title role. She's an old widow woman from the United Kingdom who after getting an unexpected windfall of an inheritance decides to visit her son Douglas Walton who writes to her every day saying he's a farmer in a place called San Quentin in California. She doesn't know that San Quentin is a prison and no one has the heart to tell her among all the people she meets.

That includes Mae Clarke who becomes her traveling companion and Jimmy Ellison who is a trailer salesman and who winds up giving them a lift to California. In a rather convoluted series of circumstances even con men Arthur Treacher and Warren Hymer become her friends and protectors.

If you've seen Lady For A Day it's clear that Hitch Hike Lady takes its inspiration from that Frank Capra classic.

Through a lot of maneuvering and conning it all works out for Skipworth and Walton. Dave the Dude couldn't have done any better.

A really nice story, catch it when broadcast.

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