Film Noir Friday: Detour [1945]

detour_ver2Welcome!  The lobby of the Deranged L.A. Crimes theater is open! Grab a bucket of popcorn, some Milk Duds and a Coke and find a seat. Tonight’s feature is DETOUR,  starring Ann Savage and Tom Neal.

From Wikipedia:

Detour is a 1945 film noir thriller that stars Tom Neal and Ann Savage.

The film was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney (uncredited) from Goldsmith’s novel of the same name and was directed by Edgar G. Ulmer. The 68-minute film was released by the Producers Releasing Corporation (PRC), one of the so-called “poverty row” film studios in mid-twentieth century Hollywood.

Although made on a small budget with bare sets and straightforward camera work, Detour has gathered much praise through the years and is held in high regard. In 1992, Detour was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry by the Library of Congress as being “culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant”.

2 thoughts on “Film Noir Friday: Detour [1945]

  1. it is the template for all films that followed in it’s wake,the director Edgar Ulmer unfortunately stepped on some toes when he fell in love with a script girl that happened to the wife of an executive at a major studio,maybe Universal where he made The Black Cat with Karloff and Lugosi?…I can’t remember without looking it up,but otherwise it’s a fascinating look at the underbelly of life,with so many twists and turns in it’s short running time,it needs to be viewed multiple times to soak it all in,ironically the lead Tom Neal was involved in a number of scandals,including the murder of his wife in the mid-60’s,it’s like this film was a precursor to his later life…thanks for posting this !

    • Devlin, thanks for adding information to Ulmer’s back story! I always enjoy a glimpse into the seamy underbelly 😉 Again, thank you for your comments and I’m pleased that you enjoyed the film. Best, Joan

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