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A private eye escapes his past to run a gas station in a small town, but his past catches up with him. Now he must return to the big city world of danger, corruption, double crosses and duplicitous dames.
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 <email@example.com>
To show Al traveling west, shots of a U.S. map, with camera scanning right to left, are interspersed with shots of him hitch hiking. The sequence makes sense to us because Al, his rides, and the camera's movement across the map, all travel in the same direction (right to left). Later the direction is reversed (left to right) to depict Al returning back east from L.A. Without a quantity of westward bound shots he could use nor the means to shoot new ones, Ulmer simply had the eastward bound (left to right) shots reverse printed and used them to show Al traveling to, rather than from, L.A. This is why in the beginning of the movie we see Al hitch with his left thumb and ride in right hand drive cars. See more »
When Al Roberts is dragging Charles Haskell Jr's body from the car into the bushes on the side of the road, you can see the rain making apparatus shooting water up into the air to generate the rain. See more »
Vera was just as rotten in the morning as she'd been the night before?
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That's life. Whichever way you turn, Fate sticks out a foot to trip you.
When the pianist Al Roberts gets tired of being miserable and missing his girlfriend who traveled across the country to seek her fortune in Hollywood, he decides to leave New York behind. He has no money to pay for the trip from one coast to the other, so he decides to hitchhike, something that proves to be his downfall. A man who picked him up dies during the journey and Al panics when he pessimistically expects to be accused of the death. He steals not only the man's car, but also his identity and stows away the corpse in a ditch. He then decides to pick up a hitchhiker named Vera, but he will soon regret it because she seems to know his dark secret and will not hesitate to take advantage of it.
The story feels more than a little strained on more than one occasion. It's hard not to fall in love the hopelessness that constitutes Detour. A low-budget thriller directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. Sure, it's an extremely simple B-movie, but it is packed full of interesting quotes, friendly cynicism, pitch black darkness and at least as much rain. It is insanely entertaining to see Vera and Al throw sharp barbs at each other while the tones are so miserable that they find it hard to laugh at them.
With a playing time of over 70 minutes says Detour goodbye long before it has time to start to feel tiring.
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