Detour is a 1945 American film noir directed by Edgar G. Ulmer starring Tom Neal and Ann Savage. It was adapted by Martin Goldsmith and Martin Mooney (uncredited) from Goldsmith's 1939 novel of the same name, and released by the Producers Releasing Corporation, one of the so-called Poverty Row film studios in mid-20th-century Hollywood.
In film opens in medias res to hitchhiking piano player Al Roberts (Neal) is drinking coffee at a roadside diner in Reno, Nevada, when a fellow patron plays a song on the jukebox that reminds him of his former life in New York City. He remembers a time when he was bitter about squandering his musical talent working in a cheap nightclub. After his girlfriend Sue Harvey (Claudia Drake), the nightclub vocalist, leaves to seek fame in Hollywood, he sinks into depression. After some anguish, he decides to go to California and marry her; with little money, though, he is forced to hitchhike his way across the country.
|award||National Film Registry|
|director||Edgar George Ulmer|
|keywords||arizona blackmail bookie bookmaker california dead man depression desert center airport drink drive edmund macdonald fall force gas station hitchhike hollywood id in medias res kill lock los angeles louisiana nevada new york city roadside diner run strike want|
|publisher||Producers Releasing Corporation|
|theme||film noir road movie|