Detour (1945)

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Edgar G. Ulmer directs Tom Neal, Ann Savage and Edmund MacDonald in this cheapo film noir where a piano player gets caught in a web of accidental death and blackmail. 

The Poverty Row noir rediscovered for its unusually unwavering pessimistic outlook, even for a genre famous for being a tad bleak. Yeah, it sure is dark and twisted. A guy thumbs cross country to reach his sweet true love only to find himself in a criminal marriage of convenience with her polar opposite. But it also plods. You feel the miles rack up. Not in a good way. Wearying. Ann Savage is all the fires of hell in a pencil skirt though. THE classic femme fatale. Fans of life imitating art might also want to google fall guy Tom Neal’s criminal record after. Oof!

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