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”.
The film has fallen into the public domain and is freely available from online sources. There are also many DVD editions.
Directed by Edgar G Ulmer
Produced by Leon Fromkess
Screenplay by Martin Goldsmith
Based on the 1939 novel Detour: An Extraordinary Tale by Martin Goldsmith
Starring Tom Neal, Ann Savage, Claudia Drake, Edmund MacDonald
Narrated by Tom Neal
Music by Leo Erdody
Cinematography Benjamin H. Kline
Edited by George McGuire
Distributed by Producers Releasing Corporation
Release dates November 30, 1945
Running time 68 minutes
Country United States