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Detour (1945)

Approved  |   |  Crime, Drama, Film-Noir  |  7 November 1945 (USA)
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Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

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Complete credited cast:
Tom Neal ...
Ann Savage ...
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Edmund MacDonald ...
Tim Ryan ...
Nevada Diner Proprietor
Esther Howard ...
Diner Waitress
Pat Gleason ...
Joe
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Storyline

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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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7 November 1945 (USA)  »

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A Curva do Destino  »

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Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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The budget PRC gave director Edgar G. Ulmer for this film was so small that the 1941 Lincoln Continental V-12 convertible driven by Charles Haskell was actually Ulmer's personal car. See more »

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(possibly deliberate) In the Reno diner, Joe the truck driver asks Al about his plans. Al says he is headed east and Joe tells him is driving north to Salt Lake City. Salt Lake is east of Reno. See more »

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Music by Harry Carroll
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This is the film that made me love old movies.
20 February 2001 | by (Sacramento, CA) – See all my reviews

I saw Detour for the first time on TV when I was 7 or 8 years old in the mid 60's. It used to play quite often, and I never missed it. I used to have dreams about it when I was a kid, and make believe that I was on the run, and impersonating a millionaire's son.

I lost track of the film until recently. I was flipping channels and came across it on TCM. I knew immediately it was my long lost film. I enjoyed it as much the other night at the age of 43, as I did at the age of 7. It is a true classic, and simply ageless.


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