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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When Nan, in her car, escapes the oncoming train, the locomotive is clearly marked "SP" on the nose. The Southern Pacific RR did not serve the part of the US she was supposed to be in. It is obviously footage shot in California, where the SP did run. See more »

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Narrator: [Closing Narration] Nan Adams, age twenty-seven. She was driving to California; to Los Angeles. She didn't make it. There was a detour... through the Twilight Zone.
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'unspeakably ,nightmarishly,alone.'
4 December 2013 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

Hop in for the ride. The Hitch-Hiker is very well made and among the most scary Zones. Nan (Inger Stevens) is making a long road journey alone and sees an unimposing looking hobo thumbing for a ride - only she sees him again, and again...and...oh dear...again! The scenes where Inger Stevens interacts with other actors work better than the ones she plays alone (or with only guess who appearing). A story all too often imitated now but in parts quite effective, even for those who know what's going to happen ( there's a nice jumpy moment about thirteen minutes in).

Take this shortly before bedtime, but for those of you of a nervous disposition I suggest take one of the comedy TZ's to follow for pleasanter dreams.

TZ trivia - the original radio play was written by Lucille Fletcher who was earlier married to TZ composer, the great Bernard Herrmann.


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