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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Episode complete credited cast:
Nan Adams
Lew Gallo ...
Leonard Strong ...
The Hitch-Hiker
Russ Bender ...
George Mitchell ...
Gas Station Man


Nan Adams is driving across country from Manhattan to Los Angeles. Apart from a blown tire, the trip has been more or less uneventful. That is until she begins to see the same man, over and over again, hitchhiking along the highway. No matter how far she goes or how far she drives, the hitchhiker always seems to be ahead of her. She also seems to be the only person who can see him. When Nan decides to call home, all is revealed.

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Release Date:

22 January 1960 (USA)  »

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(Westrex Recording System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Nan's car is a 1959 Mercury Montclair four door hardtop. See more »


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 »


Narrator: [opening narration] Her name is Nan Adams. She's twenty-seven years old. Her occupation: buyer at a New York department store. At present on vacation, driving cross-country to Los Angeles, California from Manhattan.
Narrator: [continued narration, subsequent to character dialogue] Minor incident on Highway 11 in Pennsylvania. Perhaps, to be filed away under "accidents you walk away from." But from this moment on, Nan Adams' companion on a trip to California will be terror. Her route: fear. Her destination:...
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Referenced in The Twilight Zone: The After Hours (1960) See more »

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30 September 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Of course, there are so many hitchhiker ghost stories. This one is a classic. Inger Stevens has a narrow escape (or so she thinks). She is helped by a service station guy who replaces her tire and sends her on her way. At the site, she sees a man in a gray suit and a slouch hat. He is trying to get a ride. She avoids him but he keeps popping up over and over and over. He is always ahead of her. She does everything she can within her power to avoid him. There is a pathetic to pick up a sailor to help her, but she doesn't think rationally and drives him away. Still the man is there. Of course, there is the classic ghost story ending. Inger Stevens who later died tragically is quite good and the camera angles and the presence of the hitchhiker is ominous. This has always been one of the more talked about episodes.

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