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Detour -- Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.
Detour -- Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.
Detour -- Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.
Detour -- New York Pianist Tom Neal hitchikes West to join his girlfriend, accepting a ride from affable gambler Edmund MacDonald. En route, MacDonald suffers a fatal heart attack and Neal panics, disposing of the body, and taking the car and money. He drives on, only to pick up a woman hitchiker who previously hitchiked with the gambler and who realizes the pianist is not who he pretends to be.

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Director:
Writers:
Martin Goldsmith (screenplay)
Martin Goldsmith (original story)
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Release Date:
7 November 1945 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
He went searching for love... but Fate forced a DETOUR to Revelry... Violence... Mystery!
Plot:
Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
1 win See more »
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(53 articles)
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Cast

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Tom Neal ... Al Roberts
Ann Savage ... Vera
Claudia Drake ... Sue Harvey
Edmund MacDonald ... Charles Haskell Jr
Tim Ryan ... Nevada Diner Proprietor
Esther Howard ... Diner Waitress
Pat Gleason ... Joe
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Don Brodie ... Used Car Salesman (uncredited)
Roger Clark ... Cop (uncredited)

Eddie Hall ... Tony - Used-Car Lot Mechanic Inspecting Car (uncredited)
Harry Strang ... California Border Patrolman (uncredited)

Directed by
Edgar G. Ulmer 
 
Writing credits
Martin Goldsmith (screenplay)

Martin Goldsmith (original story)

Martin Mooney  uncredited

Produced by
Leon Fromkess .... producer
Martin Mooney .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Leo Erdody  (as Erdody)
 
Cinematography by
Benjamin H. Kline (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
George McGuire 
 
Art Direction by
Edward C. Jewell 
 
Set Decoration by
Glenn P. Thompson 
 
Costume Design by
Mona Barry 
 
Makeup Department
Bud Westmore .... director of makeup
 
Production Management
Raoul Pagel .... production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William A. Calihan Jr. .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Max M. Hutchinson .... sound engineer (as Max Hutchinson)
 
Other crew
Ben Coleman .... dialogue director
Eddie Hall .... stand-in: Tom Neal (uncredited)
Shirley Ulmer .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
67 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Certification:
Australia:G | Australia:M (DVD rating) | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/12 | UK:U (1992) | UK:A (1946) | USA:Approved (PCA #11048)

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Trivia:
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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: In the first shots of Al hitchhiking, the film is reversed. The cars are driving on the wrong side of the highway and the drivers sitting behind the wheel are sitting on the right side of their vehicles.See more »
Quotes:
Vera:I'd hate to see a fellow as young as you wind up sniffin' that perfume Arizona hands out free to murderers!See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 in C Sharp MinorSee more »

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24 out of 32 people found the following review useful.
This is the film that made me love old movies., 20 February 2001
Author: fixcasa from Sacramento, CA

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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