Detour (1945)

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Tom Neal
Edward G. Ulmer
Drama, Film Noir
Original TFD Introduction by Dana Hersey. This Poverty Row landmark features Tom Neal as Al, a lowlife nightclub pianist hitchhiking across the country. Along the way he falls into so many ill-fated circumstances that he wishes he'd stayed in New York. Despite its downbeat atmosphere, this dirty crime classic from cult director Edgar G. Ulmer has many admirers. The late Roger Ebert described Detour as "haunting and creepy, an embodiment of the guilty soul of film noir. No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it." Also, look for Ann Savage in a mesmerizing performance as Vera, the dangerous woman Al meets on his road to ruin! (BW)