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Hi-Jacked (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 7 July 1950 (USA)
A truck driver stops on a rainy road at night to help a stranded motorist, but it turns out to be a ruse--he is attacked, knocked out and his truck stolen. Since he has a criminal record, ... See full summary »

Director:

Sam Newfield

Writers:

Orville H. Hampton (screenplay) (as Orville Hampton), Fred Myton (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Jim Davis ... Joe Harper
Marcia Mae Jones ... Jean Harper (as Marsha Jones)
Sid Melton ... 'Killer'
David Bruce ... Matt
Paul Cavanagh ... Hagen
Ralph Sanford ... Stephen Clark
House Peters Jr. ... Hank
Iris Adrian ... Aggie
George Eldredge ... Digbey
William E. Green William E. Green ... Arthur Kent
Margia Dean ... Dolly, the Waitress
Kit Guard ... Parolee (as Kid Guard)
Lee Phelps Lee Phelps ... Highway Patrolman
Myron Healey ... Police Broadcaster
Lee Bennett ... Charlie
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A truck driver stops on a rainy road at night to help a stranded motorist, but it turns out to be a ruse--he is attacked, knocked out and his truck stolen. Since he has a criminal record, the police immediately suspect he's involved in the hijacking, and their suspicions are reinforced later when he is discovered--unknown to him--to be hauling stolen merchandise. He realizes he is being set up as a fall guy by the organization behind the truck hijackings, and he and a friend set out to determine who is trying to set him up, and why. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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truck | truck driver | hijacker | See All (3) »

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EXPOSED... Secret operations of the nation's motorized mobsters! See more »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 July 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Gangster von Chicago See more »

Filming Locations:

Gorman, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Average Little Programmer
30 November 2011 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

An ex-con trucker works to clear himself from involvement with a gang of hi-jackers.

Can't expect much from a cheapo Lippert production, but this little programmer manages some interest. Davis does well as an ex-con truck driver. His skinny, towering frame and bushy hair have a different look from the usual Hollywood lead. The movie also benefits from highway filming along a major route into LA. Then too, I expect there's some insight into hi-jacking operations of the time since that angle appears pretty realistic.

But why-oh-why does Lippert insist on putting pint-sized Sid Melton in so many of their productions. Here, his silly phony tough guy does nothing but detract from what's otherwise a sober crime drama. Not so, the one-and-only Iris Adrian as a hash house waitress. Too bad Lippert didn't realize she furnishes enough expert comedy relief without the clumsy Melton. Also, look for Paul Cavanaugh (Hagen) whose polished bad guys graced many superior productions of the 30's and 40's.

Nothing special here. Just one of those minor programmers that would soon get absorbed into half-hour TV, in this case, into Highway Patrol (1955-1959).


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