Public Domain Theater: The Hitch-Hiker (& “Scrap Happy Daffy”)

Welcome to Public Domain Theater, your home for the wonderful world of films that have (in the United States, at least) fallen into the public domain, and are free for everyone to see!

Today we present to you, the 1953 thriller The Hitch-Hiker. While often categorized as a film noir, its focus on an outlaw traveling across the deserts of northern Mexico and the American Southwest arguably make it a Neo-Western. With a cast of not much more than three, and a 70 minute running time, it’s lean little flick, but brilliantly shot.

We’ve also got for you, a Looney Tunes wartime cartoon, “Scrap Happy Daffy”, starring Daffy Duck in an uncharacteristically heroic role, defending a mountain of collected scrap metal from a Nazi billy goat.

So pull on up to the drive in, pass some popcorn to the homicidal hitch-hiker in the backseat, and enjoy!

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