Film Noir

Detour (1945)

Director: Edgar G. Ulmer
Actors: Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald, Tim Ryan
Runtime: 67 min.

Al Roberts is a New York pianist who decides to hitch hike to California to join his girlfriend in Hollywood. When a driver who has picked him up dies along the way, Al decides to rob him, impersonate him and take his car. He picks up a woman (Ann Savage) in a gas station who turns out to have known the dead man and she proceeds to blackmail Al.

Trivia: One of the all time classics of film noir, Detour was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. Tom Neal (Al Roberts) was the boyfriend of actress Barbara Payton. His offscreen exploits related to her and others earned him a bad reputation.