Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.



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In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble... Written by Rod Crawford <>

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He went searching for love... but Fate forced a DETOUR to Revelry... Violence... Mystery!


Crime | Drama | Film-Noir


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Release Date:

30 November 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Curva do Destino  »

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$30,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Included among the "1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die", edited by Steven Schneider. See more »


A cigarette appears out of nowhere in Haskell's hand when he tells Roberts that he had not been home since he was 15 years old. See more »


Al Roberts: He was a piece of cheese, the big blowhard.
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I'm Always Chasing Rainbows
Music by Harry Carroll
Lyrics by Joseph McCarthy
Performed by studio orchestra
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No budget masterpiece
18 July 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is a depressed NYC piano player whose girlfriend leaves him to try her luck in CA. He follows her by hitchhiking his way. He's picked up by a man who (inexplicably) dies while Al is driving. Naturally Al does everything dumping the body and then picking up Vera (Ann Savage) a totally amoral woman. Then things barrel horribly out of control.

You can quibble about plot points (a certain death is highly implausible) but this IS a masterpiece of the genre. It's one of the grimmest film noirs of its time. It was made by a poverty row studio (PRC) on no budget. Actually the lack of budget helps the story--everything appears dark and grim fitting the tone of the story. Also they had an excellent director (Edgar G. Ulmer) and a great script by Martin Goldsmith. Also Neal was very good as Roberts and Savage is exceptional as Vera (there's a scene where she explodes at Roberts in a car which is truly scary). It's also all wrapped up in a tight economical 69 minutes. This has deservedly been a cult movie for many years.

Good luck finding a clear print with good sound.

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