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Encyclopedia > Detour (1945 film)
Detour
Directed by Edgar G. Ulmer
Produced by Leon Fromkess
Written by Martin Goldsmith,
Martin Mooney (uncredited)
Starring Tom Neal,
Ann Savage,
Claudia Drake,
Edmund MacDonald,
Tim Ryan
Music by Clarence Gaskill, Jimmy McHugh (song "I Can't Believe You're In Love With Me")
Distributed by Producers Releasing Corporation
Release date(s) November 30, 1945
Running time 68 min.
Language English
Budget $117,000
IMDb profile

Detour is a 1945 film noir cult classic that stars Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake and Edmund MacDonald. A B-movie, it was shot in six days. The film, budgeted for $89,000, ended up costing $117,000 to make. To preserve the film's right-to-left orientation used in the cross-country scenes, the director reversed many of the hitchhiking shots so that the cars appear to be on the wrong side of the road. Image File history File links Detour1. ... Edgar G. Ulmer - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... Thomas Neal ( January 28, 1914 - August 7, 1972) was an American actor and convicted murderer. ... Born February 19, 1921 - Columbia, SC as Bernice Maxine Lyon. ... Jimmy McHugh (July 10, 1894 - May 23, 1969), was one of the greatest and most prolific songwriters during the 1920s-1950s. ... PRCs logo 1945 One of the larger Hollywood production conglomerates of Poverty Row of the late 30s-mid 40s (along with Republic Pictures and Monogram Pictures and smaller outfits) PRC, as it was commonly known, intentionally made mostly small-budget B-movies. ... November 30 is the 334th day (335th on leap years) of the year in the Gregorian Calendar, with 31 days remaining. ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... 1945 (MCMVL) was a common year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1945 calendar). ... This still from The Big Combo (1955) demonstrates the visual style of film noir at its most extreme. ... Cult film is a colloquial term for a film that has accrued a devoted group of fans. ... Thomas Neal ( January 28, 1914 - August 7, 1972) was an American actor and convicted murderer. ... Born February 19, 1921 - Columbia, SC as Bernice Maxine Lyon. ... The term B-movie originally referred to a film designed to be distributed as the lower half of a double feature, often a genre film featuring cowboys, gangsters or vampires. ...


The movie was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney (uncredited) from Martin Goldsmith's novel, and was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The 68-minute film was created and released by the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC). Because the 1945 Production code mandated that "murderers... must be brought to justice" in all films made, director Ulmer satisfied censors by ending the movie with Al the hitchhiker being picked up after predicting his arrest earlier. Detour is a 1939 novel by Martin M. Goldsmith. ... Edgar G. Ulmer - Wikipedia /**/ @import /w/skins-1. ... PRCs logo 1945 One of the larger Hollywood production conglomerates of Poverty Row of the late 30s-mid 40s (along with Republic Pictures and Monogram Pictures and smaller outfits) PRC, as it was commonly known, intentionally made mostly small-budget B-movies. ...

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Plot

A piano player, Al (Neal), sets off hitchhiking his way to California to be with his girl. Along the way, a stranger in a convertible gives him a ride. Al and the paranoid stranger pull over to put the top up only to find the driver dead at the wheel. Al panics and dumps the body in a gully and drive off in his car. Later, he picks up another hitchhiker. Vera, (Savage) a femme fatale, threatens to turn him in for the supposed murder unless he assumes the identity of the dead man to collect an inheritance. This article or section may contain original research or unverified claims. ...

The film has been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Critical response to the film today is almost universally positive. TIME lists the film in the magazine's All Time 100 Films, and film critic Roger Ebert wrote of the film: "This movie from Hollywood's poverty row, shot in six days, filled with technical errors and ham-handed narrative, starring a man who can only pout and a woman who can only sneer, should have faded from sight soon after it was released in 1945. And yet it lives on, haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it." The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ... (Clockwise from upper left) Notable Time magazine covers from the dates May 7, 1945; July 25, 1969; December 31, 1999; September 14, 2001; and April 21, 2003. ... Roger Ebert (right) with Russ Meyer, 1970 Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is an Emmy Award-nominated American television personality, author, and film critic who began writing for the Chicago Sun-Times, every week since 1967. ...


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I know. Someday a car will stop to pick me up that I never thumbed. Yes, fate, or some mysterious force can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all.
   
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Cast

Ann Savage still taken from "Detour."
Ann Savage still taken from "Detour."
  • Tom Neal Al Roberts
  • Ann Savage Vera
  • Claudia Drake Sue Harvey
  • Edmund MacDonald Charles Haskell Jr
  • Tim Ryan Nevada Diner Proprietor
  • Esther Howard Holly, Diner Waitress
  • Pat Gleason Joe, Trucker at Diner

Image File history File links Anne_savaged2. ... Image File history File links Anne_savaged2. ... Thomas Neal ( January 28, 1914 - August 7, 1972) was an American actor and convicted murderer. ... Born February 19, 1921 - Columbia, SC as Bernice Maxine Lyon. ...

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