Director Edgar Ulmer's acclaimed film noir. Al Roberts (Tom Neal) is a piano player in a restaurant in New York City. His fiancée Sue (Claudia Drake) is a nightclub singer, desperate for fame. She leaves for Hollywood, and he decides to follow her. He hitches a lift with a drugged-up businessman (Edmund MacDonald) who dies during the journey. Fearing that he will be blamed for the murder, Roberts buries the body, but events soon spiral out of his control.
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transfer has a quality much lower than the multitude of illegal
copies that you can download using BitTorrent.
Editions like this make the pirate bay look like editors of the
Criterion Collection. Let me just enumerate some items to ponder upon:
1. Frame rate is somewhere in the vicinity of the silent movie era
frame rate, probably around 18/20 fps.
2. Interlacing problems. Is seems to have been bootlegged from a 720i
digital tv feed.
3. Video-audio synch problems.
4. No menus.
5. No extra features.
6. In Linux mplayer refused to read the DVD. Only VLC or xine will
Thing like this happen when the people selling the rights do not have
the authors best interest in mind. They're just after a quick
buck. Let those who come after worry. Not even the rights holders
best interests are served. They gave permission for this company of
cockroach DVD editors to botch up a great film. Originally the film
was done on the cheap by a poverty row studio. That doesn't mean that
it must have an underdog DVD edition like the present.
It's a great film. A true classic. Get it in a decent edition.
Stay away from this cockroach edition by the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment".
I surely will avoid any of their other offerings. I do have great
respect for cockroaches, the insects. They have their place in the
gene pool. But companies like the "Pickwick Group" &
"Elstree Hill Entertaiment" have no place in the free market. If this
DVD edition isn't a scam, then surely I will need to revise my notion
I hope Amazon give them the boot. They're costing them money. I just
printed my return label. It's a returner.
How can a film be so bad yet be so satisfying? It was shot by Edgar Ulmer in only six days on a tiny budget and looks it. Ulmer probably paid more for all that rear screen projection than he did for the actors. Neal and Savage are barely even B-level quality. The movie is hardly more than an hour long. And yet...
First, the movie moves quickly. There is absolutely no wasted time, even when Ulmer is padding out a few shots.Read more ›
Ann Savage's character Vera is perhaps the most blunt, cold, evil, wholly unlikable woman I have ever heard tell of. It is quite easy to see why the man we meet in the opening scene is as hateful and short-tempered as he is. As we flash back to the whole story of Roberts' hard times, accompanied by plenty of voiceover narration, one cannot help but feel sorry for the guy.Read more ›
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Notoriously difficult to get a decent print of legendary B noir, shot in six days. As it stands it seems the Region 1 Image Entertainment is about the best out there.Published 7 months ago by N. Baily
Film Noir is still wonderfui to watch after 50 years or so, great charismatic acting and super monochrome photography captures the moodPublished on 15 Jun. 2013 by saxman
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Maybe it's a touch better than 3, and it's certainly remarkably inventive for the tiny budget. I guess that's why it's so revered amongst noir-lovers. Read morePublished on 16 Sept. 2012 by Mario
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Released in 1945, Detour is a cult classic - worth having in a noir collection. The chiaroscuro lighting strikes the right claustrophobic tone and Tom Neal is the perfect noir hero... Read morePublished on 21 July 2011 by Ms. E. L. Preston
I bought this based upon the high average rating given by fellow reviewers - my mistake, even at this price. Read morePublished on 12 July 2011 by Mike M
A gem. Quickly shot by an underrated director, this is true film noir. It also shows that B movies can be as good, and sometimes better, than main features.Published on 9 Aug. 2010 by Hobart Bosley
There are several fascinating things about this film, and in a way the fun begins once you've watched it and if you are drawn to find out a little about its making and makers. Read morePublished on 1 April 2009 by H. Dumpty