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« Reply #15 on: January 03, 2016, 11:56:52 AM »

Continued......

As they speed across the desert Charlie asks Al to get him the box of pills in the glove box, he does this a few more times apparently Charlie has some ailment.  In the evening after buying Al a meal at a truckstop, Al notices some fresh scars above Charlie's wrist as he drives down the highway. Charlie notices Al looking, and tells him that a crazy broad he picked up gave them to him. A few hours later Charlie asks Al to drive. As Al tools along, in a nice noir stylistic sequence we see Al's eyes through the rearview mirror which segues into what is Al's last happy memory. We see Sue singing "their song" against a backdrop of shadow musicians.


Nice shot of Al's eyes looking at Charlie's scars in the rearview mirror


Al's last pleasant thought

It's late night, Al is beginning to fall asleep at the wheel, we see his head nodding. A few sprinkles soon turns into a downpour. Al pulls over, they have to put up the top, he tries to wake Charlie who is unresponsive. Al gets out, and goes around to the passenger side, he opens the door and Charlie's dead body slumps out of the seat and caves his head in on a boulder. Al just bought a one way ticket to Noirsville.

Al panics in genuine fear and desperation, he reasons that dressed they way he is and with no scratch in his pockets the cops will tag him for Charlie's murder, they'll never believe his story of what actually happened. Al decides to drag Charlie into the bottom of a gully, grab his wallet, assume his identity and toss his own suitcase and wallet down in with Charlie. He'll take the 700 clams and drive the car to LA then sell it.







Al pulls off at the next motel and gets a room, the next morning he's showered, shaved, and dressed in Charlie's clothes. Back on the road to LA, Al stops to add water to the radiator. He sees a woman, Vera, (Ann Savage) standing at the side of the road hitching and yells out to her, even though "she looks like she just got thrown off the crummiest freight train in the world". Deciding to give her a lift, that ticket to Noirsville just got upgraded to express.

Vera looks like she was ridden hard and put away wet, greasy dirty blond hair, rumpled and stained sweater and skirt, a lot of rough miles on her chassis. She's quite at first almost stone like but turns verbally ferocious practically spitting and hissing her razor sharp dialog, your worst nightmare a 24 year old Medusa who will turn your heart to stone. Savage is, quite possibly, the most terrifyingly vicious Femme Fatale of Classic Noir. Vera's arrival brings the film to a whole new level






 


Vera also brings one of the greatest Noir twists to the plot of Detour, if you thought it couldn't get any worse for Al, your in for a shock. Detour can also be deciphered from a different perspective, Al could be guilty as sin for both murders all we see is a classic unreliable narrator tale. Its fun to watch whatever your take.

Detour, a "Poverty-Row" production was shot (Hollywood Legend) on a few cheap sets in 6 days, but Savage in an interview has stated that the film was shot in four six-day weeks. But regardless, it was a flare at the end of a dark tunnel showing a way to other cash strapped film-makers to make something out of nothing.  Music by Leo Erdody, Sound engineer  Max Hutchinson. A 9/10.






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« Reply #16 on: January 03, 2016, 02:44:10 PM »

Nice screencaps, CJ. Afro

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« Reply #17 on: January 03, 2016, 07:30:19 PM »

Groggy, you're alive!

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« Reply #18 on: January 03, 2016, 08:13:15 PM »

Nice work, cj  Afro

Btw, which DVD are these screencaps from?

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« Reply #19 on: January 04, 2016, 03:14:44 PM »

Nice work, cj  Afro

Btw, which DVD are these screencaps from?

Film Chest DVD

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« Reply #20 on: January 04, 2016, 06:16:14 PM »

Film Chest DVD

any idea if it is better than the Image Entertainment DVD?

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« Reply #21 on: January 05, 2016, 03:57:37 AM »

any idea if it is better than the Image Entertainment DVD?

No, I checked the IMDb page before I bought it off Amazon, and didn't find any mention of it. Most folks had the copy included in a 5 Killer Noir DVD set and that copy was OK the Image Entertainment was considered the best. That was in 2009, but this DVD was released in 2014. It probably could use a Criterion treatment.

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« Reply #22 on: January 05, 2016, 04:28:04 PM »

It probably could use a Criterion treatment.

Has Criterion ever released a public-domain film?

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« Reply #23 on: January 06, 2016, 03:40:23 PM »

Maybe Charade (1963)

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