*** Dinner tickets must be purchased by 5pm Friday, November 4 ***
Saturday, November 5
-there's Death in his upraised Thumb!
The Film: Two men on a fishing trip pick up a psychopathic fugitive with an intense hatred of humanity in this relentlessly suspenseful thriller directed by Ida Lupino and written by Daniel Mainwaring (Invasion of the Body Snatchers). Ray Collins (Edmund O'Brien) and Gilbert Bowen (Frank Lovejoy) are on their way to a relaxing weekend on the lake when they make the fateful mistake of giving a ride to Emmett Myers (William Tallman), a ruthless killer on the run from the cops. As a young child Myers was severely abused, and now he's determined to make the world suffer for the atrocities committed against him. An unrepentant sadist, Myers repeatedly uses his faulty eye (which is permanently open) to trick his two terrified victims into believing they have gained the upper hand in the tense stand-off, only to turn the tables on them at the last second. Inspired by the horrific crimes of real-life mass murderer William Cook, who was eventually executed in San Quentin.
The Hitch-Hiker is regarded as the first American mainstream film noir directed by a woman, Ida Lupino, and was selected in 1998 for preservation in the United States National Film Registry as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant." Lupino was a very good actress, but she was an even better director and movie executive. She understood all the elements of noir and was able to put them together into this masterpiece made on a miniscule budget.
Doors open at 5pm for dinner
Film screens at 6pm.
Tickets $15 with dinner ***Dinner tickets must be purchased by 5pm Friday, November 4***
$8 movie only *Movie only tickets are available for presale (recommended) or at the door*
The Parkway Theater and Film Lounge features a full bar , so feel free hang out after the show!