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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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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7 November 1945 (USA)  »

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$30,000 (estimated)
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Was the first "B" movie chosen by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry, in 1992. Also the first Hollywood "Noir" honored. See more »

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After meeting up with Roberts, Vera's hair continually changes while riding in the convertible. See more »

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Al Roberts: Vera was just as rotten in the morning as she'd been the night before?
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Referenced in Frasier: Detour (2004) See more »

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I Can't Believe That You're in Love with Me
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Written by Jimmy McHugh and Clarence Gaskill
Performed by Claudia Drake
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One of the marvels in film history
14 November 1998 | by (New York, NY) – See all my reviews

This is one of the all-time great examples of film noir. It can practically be used to define the genre: shadowy black and white cinematography; a star-crossed protagonist ("...fate sticks out a leg to trip you."); a femme fatale (the unforgettable Ann Savage as Vera); cynical voice-over narration; ambiguous morality. All these elements are brought together magnificently by director Edgar G. Ulmer, who incredibly made this movie in several days on a shoestring budget. His direction is so masterful that the low budget sets only add to the film. This is a great masterpiece and one of the marvels in film history.


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