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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.

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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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Awards:
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(41 articles)
User Reviews:
An Almost Flawless Jewel See more (144 total) »

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:
To save on production costs,'Leo Erdödy', the film's composer, was recorded and filmed playing two classical piano pieces, Chopin Waltz No. 7 in C# minor and Brahms Waltz Op. 39 no. 15 in Ab Major as a favor for the director,Edgar G. Ulmer. Al Roberts (Tom Neal) "performs" the piano pieces during scenes set in the "Break of Dawn" nightclub. Erdödy's hands, in close-up, can be seen playing during the Brahms.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: The background as Roberts approaches the California state line repeats after he crosses the state line.See more »
Quotes:
Al Roberts:[as narrator] Until then I had done things my way, but from then on something stepped in and shunted me off to a different destination than the one I'd picked for myself.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Rich Hall's Continental Drifters (2011) (TV)See more »
Soundtrack:
Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 in C Sharp MinorSee more »

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41 out of 47 people found the following review useful.
An Almost Flawless Jewel, 23 January 2005
Author: David (Handlinghandel) from NY, NY

When I got my first VCR in 1985, the two movies I immediately rented were "Baby Doll" and "Detour." I have revisited the former many times but it's been 20 years since I saw "Detour." I like it even better.

It moves in a seamless manner. The narrator is drawn as we watch into further and further degradation.

The movie has a beautiful look. I'm sure it's a cliché to note this but it resembles a Hopper painting. It also bears the trademarks of Edgar Ulmer's movies: Literate dialogue and classical movie, no matter how low the budget.

Tom Neal is a mournful, appealing protagonist. He's weak, not really bad. Ann Savage, of course, is terrifying as Vera, the hitchhiker from everyone's worst nightmare.

Al's descent from blonde soubrette Sue to consumptive, murderous Vera is terrifying. Yet, though it passes by us quickly, it is fully believable.

"Detour" is a true work of art.

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