British-born actor-filmmaker Ida Lupino was already renowned as a captivating performer in front of the camera when she became one of the only women to establish herself as a director in the Hollywood studio system of the fifties. As head of her own production company, the Filmmakers, she exerted a unique autonomy over her career choices, tackling taboo issues in hard-hitting “social problem” films like NOT WANTED and THE BIGAMIST and becoming the first woman to direct a noir with the tough-as-nails classic THE HITCH-HIKER. Blending expressionist intensity with gritty realism, her films are dark, unflinching examinations of midcentury American society marked by a unique sensitivity to the concerns of women.
Directed by Nicholas Ray • 1951 • United States
Starring Robert Ryan, Ida Lupino, Ward Bond
When hardened big-city police detective Jim Wilson (Robert Ryan) roughs up one too many suspects, he’s sent to the countryside to cool his heels and help search for the murderer of a small-town schoolg...