Twilight Zone: Season 1, Episode 16

The Hitch-Hiker (22 Jan. 1960)
"The Twilight Zone" The Hitch-Hiker (original title)

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A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.

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A young woman driving cross country becomes frantic when she keeps passing the same man on the side of the road. No matter how fast she drives the man is always up ahead, hitching her for a ride.

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The protagonist's voice-over narration references the radio-play source of the episode. See more »

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After Nan narrowly escapes getting hit by the train, we hear her voice with two close up shots of her. The first has sun on her lower face, but when the shot changes slightly, the sun is gone. See more »

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The Hitch-Hiker: Heading West?
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Cross country trip of subtle terror
14 October 2008 | by (Los Angeles, CA, United States) – See all my reviews

For those of you who've driven across the USA, or long distance anywhere on your own, this story resonates as the mind can race and feel paranoia when on a long lonely trip into unfamiliar places with only yourself for conversation.

Inger Stevens was wonderfully cast as the lone driver traveling across America, her sensitive and delicate features conveyed a vulnerability that had you worried for her, even when she took on the companion sailor ostensibly for protection against the unsettling apparition of the hitch-hiker. I remember the first time watching, wondering whether he'd protect her or sexually assault her.

The portrayal of the hitch-hiker was also done splendidly, not physically threatening or even overly menacing, just very unsettling.


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