From The Citizen: Radio program to present film noir at Auburn theater

WRVO’s “Tuned to Yesterday” program will return to Auburn Public Theater Wednesday, April 11, with a presentation of “The Hitch-Hiker.”

Program host and producer Mark Lavonier will first introduce the audience to the 1953 film, which is recognized as the first American film noir directed by a woman, Ida Lupino. Lavonier will go over Lupino’s radio work and her ’40s acting career, which earned her a reputation as a fearless pioneer in entertainment who inspired other women in Hollywood.

“The Hitch-Hiker” will then be screened. The movie follows two fishing buddies who pick up a mysterious hitchhiker during a trip to Mexico, and subsequent events inspired by the psychopathic murder spree of Billy Cook make the rest of the trip suspenseful.

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