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Detour (1945)

Passed | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | October 1946 (UK)
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Chance events trap hitch-hiker Al Roberts in a tightening net of film noir trouble.

Director:

Edgar G. Ulmer

Writers:

Martin Goldsmith (screenplay), Martin Goldsmith (original story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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 Pat Gleason ... Joe
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In flashback, New York nightclub pianist Al Roberts hitchhikes to Hollywood to join his girl Sue. On a rainy night, the sleazy gambler he's riding with mysteriously dies; afraid of the police, Roberts takes the man's identity. But thanks to a blackmailing dame, Roberts' every move plunges him deeper into trouble... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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He went searching for love... but Fate forced a DETOUR to Revelry... Violence... Mystery!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

The sweater worn by Ann Savage in the earlier parts of the film was yellow and belonged to Shirley Ulmer, the film's script clerk and the wife of the director. The sweater was actually a bit loose on Savage and had to be safety-pinned in certain places so as to fit the actress more snugly. The safety pins can be seen in some shots, especially in the 2018 restored version. See more »

Goofs

A cigarette appears out of nowhere in Haskell's hand when he tells Roberts that he had not been home since he was 15 years old. See more »

Quotes

Al Roberts: Oh, sure, Phoenix. You look just like a Phoenix girl.
Vera: Are the girls in Phoenix that bad?
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Connections

Featured in The Best of Film Noir (1999) See more »

Soundtracks

Waltz Op. 64 No. 2 in C Sharp Minor
(uncredited)
Music by Frédéric Chopin
Played by Al on the piano (dubbed by Leo Erdody)
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An Almost Flawless Jewel
23 January 2005 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

October 1946 (UK) See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,127, 2 December 2018

Gross USA:

$16,172

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$16,172
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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