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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 »
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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:
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 »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
Al Roberts:So when this drunk handed me a ten spot after a request, I couldn't get very excited. What was it I asked myself? A piece of paper crawling with germs. Couldn't buy anything I wanted.See more »
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Soundtrack:
I'm Always Chasing RainbowsSee more »

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39 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
Classic film noir, 8 July 2004
Author: Matthew Kiernan (mateox) from Brooklyn, New York, USA

You can quibble about details, but it's hard to deny that this is a classic in its genre. Al Roberts (Tom Neal) makes a series of bad choices that bring him low. They're the choices of a not particularly bright young man under increasing pressure. Vera (Ann Savage) is the quintessential Bad Girl. Their repartee, indeed much of the dialogue throughout, is a big part of the attraction of this film. The plot, presented in flashback, barrels on relentlessly to its conclusion. The characterizations, dialogue, plot, photography--all contribute to make this taut, gritty film a must for film noir enthusiasts. My only real disappointment is with the rather abrupt end. On the whole, though, great fun.

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