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Detour (1946)

Cast: Tom Neal, Tom Neal, Ann Savage, more...
Director: Edgar G. Ulmer, Edgar G. Ulmer
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Rating: Not Rated
Studio: Image Entertainment
Genre: Classics, Film Noir, Vintage Noir, Classic Crime, Crime, Classic Crime
Running Time: 68 min.
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Edgar G. Ulmer's Detour begins when hitchhiker Al Roberts (Tom Neal) accepts a ride from affable gambler Charles Haskell Jr. (Edmund MacDonald). When Haskell suffers a fatal heart attack, Roberts, afraid that he'll be accused of murder, disposes of the body, takes the man's clothes and wallet, and begins driving the car himself. He picks up beautiful but sullen Vera (Ann Savage), who suddenly breaks the silence by asking, "What did you do with the body?" It turns out that Vera had earlier accepted a ride from Haskell and has immediately spotted Roberts as a ringer. Holding the threat of summoning the police over his head, Vera forces Roberts to continue his pose so that he can collect a legacy from Haskell's millionaire father, who hasn't seen his son in years. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

GreenCine Member Reviews

The Giant Coffee Cup by MOkum December 6, 2007 - 12:26 PM PST
4 out of 4 members found this review helpful
This film is hardcore. There is a tension that never lets up from start to finish and in its short running time and minimal setup it conveys a genuine sense of claustrophobia and dread. Why can't more films be made that are short and bittersweet like this one? Too many films run way to long and stretch their ideas past the breaking point. This one is all killer no filler. And the scene in the beginning at the coffee shop... with the giant coffee cup in the foreground as the lights go down and the fever starts...

Noir, Neat & Relentlessly "B" by talltale March 30, 2006 - 3:13 PM PST
1 out of 1 members found this review helpful
One of filmdom's best-known B-movie noirs, DETOUR holds up surprisingly well (even after 60 years). I seem to vaguely recall seeing it as a kid, but nothing of it remained with me. Well, from now on it sure will! Running just over an hour, the movie is tight and more twisty than you might expect, given the time--and the tenor of that time.

Leading man Tom Neal is cute in a Guy Madison manner, but it's Ann Savage whose performance knocks the movie out of the ballpark. She's hard as nails but never unduly showy about it. The savagery seems part of her name and nature. When, in one tiny moment, it appears that she might soften-- no, Neal won't play along. When she hardens again, you know it's for good. "Detour" is probably the finest feather in Edgar G. Ulmer's little-known cap, and it's one that will last as long as there are film fans out there (or at home) in the dark.

Unsung classic by jogilvy July 19, 2002 - 4:46 PM PDT
3 out of 4 members found this review helpful
A great and terrifying early noir thriller which has ANN SAVAGE, (a most appropriate name) as the scary vixen, who brings our man down. And though she is glam, she is scary. Scary, scary. Sadly, actor O Neal came to a sad, hard end, with a few films under his belt. As in art, so in life.....

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