DETOUR will show here 19th February 2018
The DETOUR Story
In Detour, Al Roberts (Tom Neal) just wants to see his girl again. He wants to be with her so much that he is hitchhiking all the way across the country to get to her so that he can just be by her side once more. Luck seems to be with him when Charles Haskell, Jr. (Edmund MacDonald) picks him up and gives the tired and disheveled Al a ride. But this is a noir tale so dark fate hounds Al at every turn. Haskell suddenly dies and calamity follows when Al, worried that it might look like murder, decides to dispose of Haskell’s body. Doomed to a ruinous path, Al’s fate gets even worse when he picks up another hitchhiker, Vera. The worst move he could have possibly made.
The Detour Movie Trailer
The friendly fellows at Film Noir (on Youtube) shared this cool trailer for the film that gives you a pretty good idea what kind of ride you are in for. After watching this movie I am pretty sure that you will never hitchhike anywhere ever again. And you will be extra wary of any dame you meet called Vera. She’s a femme fatale i this movie that is very hard to forget.
Look at the slideshow gallery of screen captures from Detour below. The photos tell the story in vivid snapshots of the doomed pair. Very has the look of crazy about her that is so intense that she is almost hard to look at.
Poor old Al has what can only be described as the best face in film noir. His anguished look of tormented misery is poignantly powerful.
Detour Movie Review
Joseph Logsdon, with his usual insight and frankness, introduces us to the rough and raw film noir, Detour. Like one of those straight talking detectives who narrates us down the dark and deadly alleys of a brutal concrete jungle, Logsdon holds nothing back. He surprised me by making some observations about how life was different back in the 1940’s in America.
If you ever had any doubts about watching this classic B-film, you’ll be excited to turn it on by the time you’ve listened to all Logsdon has to say in his video review here.
The convertible is a Lincoln Continental but the year of it is ambiguous. In front views it’s a 1941 model and also in some rear views, but in other rear views and in a side view, it’s a 1942. Watch for the differing tail lights.
AWARDS & HONORS
Was the first “B” movie chosen by the Library of Congress for its National Film Registry, in 1992. Also the first Hollywood “Noir” honored.
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Genre: Film Noir.
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer.
Writers: Martin Goldsmith (screenplay), Martin Goldsmith (original story)
Music: Leo Erdody
Release Date: November 15, 1945 (Boston, Massachusetts) November 30, 1945 (limited)
Studio / Distributed By: Producers Releasing Corporation
Running Time: 68 minutes.
Starring: Tom Neal, Ann Savage.
What Makes Detour So Great
Anyone familiar with film noir will fervently espouse that Ulmer’s Detour (1954) is a formidable giant that stands shoulder to shoulder with the best films of the genre. The events in the story are so compelling that we are dragged through the distressing persecution inflicted on poor Al. We suffer right along side of him, feeling every ounce of his anguish as painfully as he does.
We have all heard it before, but in Detour it is genuinely true that it is the actor’s performances that set this movie apart and above the others. Ann Savage as Vera is frightening in her mentally unbalanced behavior. Her crazy-eyed look makes you tremble with foreboding that she just might snap at any second and go into some mad attack mode. She is truly a femme fatale to be respected.
An Interview With Ann Savage a.k.a. Vera
I should warn you not to watch this conversation before you have watched the movie Detour because Ann is such a warm, friendly lady that you will find it hard to match her up as being the same tough talking, hard bitten broad you see on the screen. The difference between who she is as a person and who she portrays as Vera is a testimony to her powerful talent and will definitely impress you.
Ann Savage Discusses Detour
Youtuber maxflower13 shared this nice, little clip of Ann Savage talking about making Detour. She adds an interesting story about her look in the film and, funnily enough, her hair. The director, Edgar G. Ulmer, apparently wasn’t pleased with the look of what the hair and make-up team had done with Ann’s look and had them make some impromptu changes. The results were a perfect mess. Watch the video to see what I mean.
This is one of my all time favorite movies and I have a lot to share with you about it so anticipate the updates that will be coming to this Detour dedication page soon.