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 <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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7 November 1945 (USA)  »

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$30,000 (estimated)
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While setting up to film a hitchhiking scene, a passing car tried to pick up Ann Savage (made up to look dirty and disheveled), causing laughter in the rest of the crew. See more »

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The convertible is a Lincoln Continental but the year of it is ambiguous. In front views it's a 1941 model and also in some rear views, but in other rear views and in a side view, it's a 1942. Watch for the differing tail lights. See more »

Quotes

Vera: You know how to work it?
Al Roberts: I invented it.
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Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
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Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Al on the piano (dubbed by Leo Erdody)
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Ann Savage - Nothing Else Needs To Be Said
23 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Two words - Ann Savage - make this film worth viewing....and owning, if you are a film noir collector.

She is not a major player here. There is one lead actor (Tom Neal) and a few supporting ones in this ultra-low budget, amateurish-production values film. However, her character "Vera" has a place in film noir history as probably the nastiest woman to ever make an appearance in this genre.

Savage is so brutal that her insults, put-downs and nasty demeanor just make you laugh out loud. If this was made today, I could the imagine the profanity spewing out of her. She shows you don't need that to get your points across.

The movie, as a whole, is not as good as many critics would have you believe. Until Savage enters, it's so-so at best. Since it's only 68 minutes, one can endure some mediocre material which features a real loser-of-a-man until the femme fatale arrives. Neal's character is one of the ultimate downers on film and his life is just one big soap opera, at least if you listen to him moan about it. Without Ann, one viewing of this film would have been enough because Neal is just too much of a whining wimp to endure more than once.....but sweet little Vera saves the day, er film.


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