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Dull, Elephantine "Humor" in Talk-Fest Centering on Local Politics
16 October 2008
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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