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Jeanne De Casalis
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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