Film Noir Collection: Detour

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Released 1945

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Director:
Edgar G. Ulmer
Released:
1945
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Film Noir Collection: Detour is a highly-praised 1945 noir film centered around a hapless man who is seemingly pursued by misfortune. The film was written by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney. Edgar Ulmer (The Black Cat), an Austrian director famous for his ability to make films using thin budgets, directs. Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is feeling disheartened after his girl left for the city of angels. In a fit of delusion, he decides to travel cross country to be with his lover who has undoubtedly already forgotten about him. He hitches a ride with an astute man named Charles Haskell Jr. (Edmund MacDonald) who shortly thereafter suffers a deadly heart attack. In a paranoid panic, Roberts dumps the body, fearing the police might assume he is guilty otherwise. As he continues to make his way cross country, he picks up a dangerously manipulative hitchhiker named Vero (Ann Savage) who may just be the very demise of his existence. Detour seamlessly propels its audience into the mind of Roberts, where its unclear whether his misfortune is brought on himself, or merely a matter of coincidence (and very bad luck!) Two thumbs up.moreless
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