January 11th, 2021


Movie Critique - Detour

Stars: 5 / 5

Recommendation:  An unfortunate accident makes a detour in our central character's life creating chaos, hatred and fear at every turn. A classic noir that came out of miniscule budget.

Detour is a 1945 American film noir directed by Edgar G. Ulmer and produced by Leon Fromkess, released by Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC Pictures). The film has Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake and Edmund MacDonald among others in the cast. 

Al Roberts (portrayed by Tom Neal), an unemployed piano player, hitchhikes a ride from Charles Haskell Jr. (portrayed by Edmund MacDonald), a bookie, to Los Angeles, CA. As luck would have it, Haskell dies while Al was driving the car. Scared about getting caught, Al escapes with the car, and ends up giving a ride to another hitchhiker, Vera (portrayed by Ann Savage). Only he lands in more trouble as Vera turns out to be not so simple a hitchhiker. 

This is from one of the Poverty Row film studios in mid-20th century Hollywood. The film plot was adapted from Martin Goldsmith's 1939 novel Detour: An Extraordinary Tale. Screenplay was written by Martin Goldsmith himself with uncredited writing support from Martin Mooney.

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