Hitch Hike Lady


1h 17m 1935

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 20, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,863ft (8 reels)

Synopsis

Mrs. Amelia Blake receives a letter from her son Alfred, who has told her that he is the owner of a California orange farm called "Rancho San Quentin," but she is disappointed that he has not sent money for her to leave England and join him. Her day brightens when she discovers that a former employer has bequeathed her £100, and she travels to America without warning Alfred. After arriving in New York, she finds out that her remaining forty dollars will not take her far, and so she agrees to share a ride with a driver named Williams and two other passengers, one of whom is lovely Judy Martin. After they stop at an auto camp on their first day of travel, Amelia and Judy meet witty trailer salesman Jimmy Peyton, who, along with Judy, keeps the true nature of San Quentin secret from Amelia. The next morning, Amelia and Judy discover that Williams has disappeared with their money, and the two women, now broke, have no choice but to hitchhike to California. After three painful days of walking, Judy and Amelia are picked up by Jimmy, who saves them from being arrested for hitchhiking. They repair to his trailer for lunch but find that all of Jimmy's food has been eaten by two stowaways: English confidence man Mortimer Wingate II and his dumb but well-meaning companion, Chuck Regan. Mortimer and Chuck also sustain Alfred's charade, and Amelia sneaks them back into Jimmy's trailer despite his objections. After much traveling, they stop in Reno, where Mortimer awaits an important letter from his "business" partner Wilbur, who has arranged an orange contest scam with Mortimer as the judge. The little band of travelers are without a cent, but when Amelia tries to wire to Alfred for money, Mortimer borrows five hundred dollars from gangster Mike against the Nevada reward for the capture of Chuck, while Jimmy sells a trailer. Amelia is confused by the double reply to her wire but spends the money buying clothes and dinner for everyone. The next day, the friends go to Lake Tahoe, and after they set up camp, Chuck arrives, determined to turn himself in in California, where the reward for him is larger, so that he can give the money to Amelia. Jimmy leaves with Chuck, while Mortimer goes to the orange judging contest. Judy and Amelia awake the next morning and are crushed to find themselves alone. Meanwhile, Mortimer judges the contest and keeps all the leftover oranges, which he sells for a cool profit, while Jimmy and Chuck find out that although the charges against Chuck have been dropped, the warden and governor to whom they are appealing are sympathetic to Amelia's plight and agree to let Alfred out thirty-eight days ahead of schedule. Mortimer buys an orange farm, and he, Jimmy, Chuck and Alfred fix things up while the police find Amelia and Judy and bring them to the newly christened "Rancho San Quentin." While Amelia enjoys being with her son, Judy and Jimmy plan their honeymoon and Mortimer and Chuck leave for further adventures.

Film Details

Release Date
Dec 20, 1935
Premiere Information
not available
Production Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Distribution Company
Republic Pictures Corp.
Country
United States

Technical Specs

Duration
1h 17m
Sound
Mono
Color
Black and White
Theatrical Aspect Ratio
1.37 : 1
Film Length
6,863ft (8 reels)

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Trivia

Notes

According to a Hollywood Reporter news item and the film's pressbook, this picture was partially shot on location in Reno, NV, and Lake Tahoe and San Quentin, CA. A Hollywood Reporter production chart includes Robert Cory and John Kelly in the cast, but their participation in the completed film has not been confirmed.