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"The Hitchhiker" Nightshift (1985)

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Original Air Date:
15 September 1985 (Season 3, Episode 1)
Mean head nurse Jane Reynolds runs the night shift at a retirement home with an iron fist and makes... See more » | Add synopsis »
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the late great Darren McGavin is the ONLY reason to watch this sub-par episode See more (3 total) »


 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

Margot Kidder ... Jane Reynolds

Stephen McHattie ... Johnny

Darren McGavin ... Old Man

Page Fletcher ... The Hitchhiker
Dorothy Davies ... Mrs. Cranshaw
Enid Saunders ... Mrs. MacDonald
Kenneth Gordon ... Mr. Loring
Hagan Beggs ... Detective (as Hagen Beggs)

Stephen E. Miller ... Worker #1
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
James Brown ... Street Tough (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Phillip Noyce 
Writing credits
Riff Markowitz (creator) and
Lewis Chesler (creator) and
Richard Rothstein (creator)

William Darrid (teleplay)

April Campbell Jones (story) (as April Campbell) and
Bruce Jones (story)

Produced by
Lewis Chesler .... producer
Riff Markowitz .... producer
Original Music by
Michel Rubini 
Cinematography by
Reginald H. Morris (director of photography)
Film Editing by
Stan Cole 
Production Design by
Richard Wilcox 
Art Direction by
David Fischer 
Set Decoration by
Elizabeth Wilcox 
Costume Design by
Christopher Ryan 
Makeup Department
Gloria Jean Bronson .... hair stylist
Stephan Dupuis .... special effects makeup
Phyllis Newman .... makeup supervisor
Production Management
Les Kimber .... production manager
Nicholas Rose .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Anthony Atkins .... third assistant director
Gordon Mark .... first assistant director (as Gordon Marks)
Peter D. Marshall .... second assistant director
Art Department
Barry W. Brolly .... assistant set decorator (as Barry Brolly)
Lisa Cantrell .... assistant props
Gillian Goodman .... assistant props (as Gill Goodman)
Phil Gough .... assistant props
Pam Hallas .... set dresser (as Pamela Hallas)
Mark Lane .... set dresser
Charles Leitrants .... construction coordinator
Wayne McLaughlin .... property master
Lindsay Waters .... set dresser
Sound Department
Terry Gordica .... re-recording mixer
Yanina Jezyk .... sound editor (as Yanina Jezek)
Richard Patton .... sound mixer (as Rick Patton)
James Porteous .... re-recording mixer
Rimas Tumasonis .... boom man
Special Effects by
Michael Clifford .... special effects coordinator
Bill Ferguson .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Trou Bayliss .... key grip
Roberto Contreras .... second assistant cameraman
Rod Pridy .... first assistant cameraman
Fergus Tomlin .... key grip
Tony Westman .... camera operator
Ron Williams .... gaffer
Al Campbell .... best boy grip (uncredited)
Julian Chojnacki .... camera operator (uncredited)
Chris Helcermanas-Benge .... still photographer (uncredited)
Casting Department
Lindsay Walker .... casting director: Vancouver
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Linda Lee Langdon .... costume department supervisor (as Linda Langdon)
Editorial Department
Stuart Hurst .... colorist
Michael Robison .... assistant editor
Gordon Stoddard .... on-line editor
Location Management
Mary Guilfoyle .... location manager
Jim Hamms .... location assistant (as Jim Hamm)
Dean Stoker .... location assistant
Transportation Department
George A. Grieve .... transportation coordinator (as George Grieve)
Marty Grohn .... driver captain
Other crew
Tab Baird .... executive in charge of business affairs
Dave Bene .... office production assistant
Tom Bonny .... office production assistant (as Thomas Bonny)
Sandy Byersdorf .... assistant to executive producers
Diana Conway .... office production assistant
Lisa Drew .... assistant to executive producers
Candice Field .... script supervisor
Penny Gibbs .... production coordinator
Gail Glaze .... story editor
J. Paul Higgins .... creative consultant
David Markowitz .... set production assistant
Julia Neville .... assistant production coordinator
Lynn Parlet .... set production assistant
Carol Reid .... assistant accountant
Richard Rothstein .... executive story supervisor
Jim Rowe .... assistant to executive producers
James R. Westwell .... production controller (as James R. Westwell C.G.A.)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

USA:26 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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The sequence with all the elderly residents at the retirement home talking at the end was shot in fifteen minutes.See more »


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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful.
the late great Darren McGavin is the ONLY reason to watch this sub-par episode, 1 July 2007
Author: movieman_kev from United States

Margot Kidder is Jane Reynolds, a stone cold bitch of a nurse at a retirement home. When she's not robbing the clientèle, she's having an affair with Johnny (Stephen McHattie) who's also her cohort in crime. However one night when a mysterious old man shows up played by the late great Darren McGavin, to give the two hideous people their just desserts. If not for McGavin (whom isn't given much to do really), this episode would be extremely lackluster. As it is, it's still pretty bad, but it's always a pleasure to watch Darren in anything he does even if it's a really bad episode of a cultish TV show. This is one of the episodes that can be found on Volume 1 of the US release of the Hitchhiker (why the couldn't release season sets like Canada is beyond me). It also has optional commentary by Director Phillip Noyce & Lewis Chesler (who produced 2 episodes of the series, but neither one of them is this, so I don't really get his inclusion)

My Grade: D+

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