Great observation. I agree.
What if Ida had cast it with women. Pre-THELMA AND LOUISE. That could've been quite interesting.
Ida was a wonderful actress and a superb director as well! I did like The Hitch Hiker too. It never side-tracked to other things; just the same dangerous intent. If Ida had set the main tempo with women in the cast, they would have been interesting too. A pre-Thelma and Louise would have been intriguing too (with Ida at the helm).!
Film Noir is great and though I have loved classic or "older" films all of my life; lately I have been drifting into FIlm Noir. I started to make a list recently and 5 of the films on it have Ida Lupino. AS you can imagine, it is a copious list and encompasses great film noir from the late 30's (The Lady Vanishes) through the early 60's. Many of these films are great and timeless!
The BIg Knife, Road House, Woman in Hiding, Beware My Lovely, Deep Valley, On Dangerous Ground are some of the films I have watched in the past and re-watched over the summer. (When I was little I remember our mom saying- whenever there was an
IL film on TV, "That's bound to be good!". Our dad would agree quite often. They really got my big sister and I (growing up in the 50's and 60's) interested in watching great films on TV. By the time I was 8 or 9 I remember watching The Stolen Face with Paul Henreid and Lizabeth Scott. Around that time I was hooked on classic films! They just kept coming and we kept watching - I Wake Up Screaming with Betty Grable, Victor Mature and Carole Landis was a wonderful film noir of the 40's I saw at that time, but they called them Suspense films. I love the description of Film Noir today - dark and mysterious settings at times and often bleak aspects to enhance the suspense. It is good that the tradition continues.