HI-JACKED is a creaky yet diverting low-budget film from Lippert Pictures. It's part of VCI's Forgotten Noir Collector's Set, Vol. 3.
HI-JACKED is the story of Joe Harper (Jim Davis), an ex-con who is rebuilding his life with a job as a trucker. He is repeatedly hi-jacked by a gang of thieves who figure the police and the insurance company will eventually assume that Joe is behind the crimes.
The film is of note chiefly for its lead actors. Jim Davis, who gained fame decades later as Jock Ewing on DALLAS, was very young here and not a very good actor, although the dialogue he had to deliver didn't help matters.
Marcia Mae Jones was a highly effective child actress in films such as THESE THREE (1936), HEIDI (1937), THE ADVENTURES OF TOM SAWYER (1938), and THE LITTLE PRINCESS (1939).
As a young adult she did a couple of films under the name Marsha Jones, also including CHICAGO CALLING (1952) with Dan Duryea. Unfortunately she mostly just exclaims in shock in HI-JACKED, without much more to do. Marcia Mae Jones passed away in 2007.
I also enjoyed a scene where a trucker drops his Thermos, shakes it, and when it rattles he comments he's now out the money for the Thermos. It brought back the forgotten memory of lunch in the school cafeteria and shaking my Thermos before opening it every day to make sure there was no broken glass in it. Kids with plastic Thermoses have no idea! Movies such as this can be valuable in their small way for such insights into daily life of the past.
I think a movie like HI-JACKED also has a certain value in providing context for other viewing. The contrast with the top-of-the-line production THIS ABOVE ALL (1942), seen yesterday, was so stark it makes one appreciate the really good stuff all the more.
The supporting cast of HI-JACKED includes Sid Melton (who can be very tiresome), David Bruce, Paul Cavanagh, House Peters Jr., and Myron Healey.
HI-JACKED is over and done in 65 minutes. It was shot in black and white by Phil Tennura (also known as Phil Tannura) and directed by Sam Newfield.
I previously reviewed another film in this DVD collection, the enjoyable SCOTLAND YARD INSPECTOR (1952) starring Cesar Romero.