Reporter Kenny Blake (Hugh Beaumont) falls in love with scheming Toni Kirkland ('Ann Savage') not knowing that she is married to Harvey Kirkland (Russell Hicks), a man years older than she.... See full summary »
In a cheap hotel-room in New York City Jelke shoots gangster Joe Wells, takes a package from his pocket and flees.Wells staggers into an alley. On her way to her apartment above a wax ... See full summary »
Dorian Westmore accepts an aspirin from a total stranger, Inez Palmer. She is distracted and fails to take it, but later gives it to her wealthy uncle who dies as the aspirin was poisoned. ... See full summary »
The American Beauty Association is about to hold its annual trade show in New York City and songwriter "Tiny" Lewis (Billy Gilbert) has just sold a song to Ina Ray Hutton ('Ina Ray Hutton')... See full summary »
Mystery writer Barry Craig (Allyn Joslyn) an his wife Jane (Evelyn Keyes, prefer solving crimes rather than writing about them, and they get a chance when killings plague the fashion ... See full summary »
Dull, Elephantine "Humor" in Talk-Fest Centering on Local Politics
Oddly, Detour did not immediately propel Ann Savage into a host of similar roles. True, she does figure in the opening scenes of a Fox "B", The Spider (1945), but then went into a second-string, if starring role in this deadly dull and determinedly "B"-grade Universal comedy, which she easily steals from its nominal lack-luster lead, Phillip Terry, although she is all but swamped by the movie's focus on ultra-verbose but painfully unfunny Donald MacBride and his almost equally hapless stooge, Allen Jenkins. Thanks to the incompetence of director Will Jason, even the normally reliable Jane Darwell manages an embarrassingly hammy performance, allowing Edward Gargan, of all people, to walk away with the acting honors (such as they are).
If you are simply curious to catch Ann Savage, or actually delight in witless, garrulous cornball "humor", then this Dark Horse is for you. Otherwise, leave it in the dark where it truly belongs.
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