I was looking for a fun, brain candy-type movie to watch while knitting and I decided to load Hitch Hike Lady (1935). The reviews of it were pretty good, stating that it has a really cute ending, and boy were they right.
The movie about a woman from England who hitches from New York to California to see her son. (she managed the boat ride to New York, not knowing California was so far away.) The catch? He's in San Quentin State Prison but has been telling his mother he is an orange farmer on "Rancho San Quentin." She runs into some people along the way, who she continues to run into during her travels. These companions go out of their way to maintain this lie the son has fed his mother, in order to save her from a broken heart.
I really enjoyed watching these odd relationships between traveling strangers develop. I especially enjoyed the playful romance between Mae Clarke and James Ellison's characters. All the roles play their part in moving the story along, and while not a life changing plot, it is definitely an enjoyable way to spend an hour.
Some of the reviews I read cited that it was similar to It Happened One Night, but I wouldn't go so far to say that. While both have to do with being on the road and hitch hiking, they have two very distinct feels to them. The characters in Hitch Hike Lady develop relationships with each other, but it isn't explored in the same depth as in It Happened One Night. This is an easy-watching movie that will leave you going "Awe" with a huge smile on your face.
Here are some screen shots from the movie:
It is streaming on Netflix now, so why not take a peek at it when you have a chance?