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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:
1 win See more »
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No budget masterpiece See more (145 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:
The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film.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:
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 The Best of Film Noir (1999) (V)See more »
Soundtrack:
I Can't Believe That You're in Love with MeSee more »

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49 out of 57 people found the following review useful.
No budget masterpiece, 18 July 2004
Author: Wayne Malin (wwaayynnee51@hotmail.com) from United States

Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is a depressed NYC piano player whose girlfriend leaves him to try her luck in CA. He follows her by hitchhiking his way. He's picked up by a man who (inexplicably) dies while Al is driving. Naturally Al does everything wrong...like dumping the body and then picking up Vera (Ann Savage) a totally amoral woman. Then things barrel horribly out of control.

You can quibble about plot points (a certain death is highly implausible) but this IS a masterpiece of the genre. It's one of the grimmest film noirs of its time. It was made by a poverty row studio (PRC) on no budget. Actually the lack of budget helps the story--everything appears dark and grim fitting the tone of the story. Also they had an excellent director (Edgar G. Ulmer) and a great script by Martin Goldsmith. Also Neal was very good as Roberts and Savage is exceptional as Vera (there's a scene where she explodes at Roberts in a car which is truly scary). It's also all wrapped up in a tight economical 69 minutes. This has deservedly been a cult movie for many years.

Good luck finding a clear print with good sound.

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