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Favorite all-time noir? "Detour:" a brilliant little gem by under-rated

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Posted on December 30, 2020 at 11:31:01
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director Edgar G. Ulmer. The narrator is a (what else?) down on his luck guy--- a musician--- who hitches his way across the country. On the way, he meets a talkative salesman and a woman, also trying to get to California. Nothing is as it appears in this perfect and perfectly dark drama.

Ann Savage plays the femme fatale-- one of the finest creations of an evil and unscrupulous force ever committed to film. You think Bette Davis or Joan Crawford could do heartless and cruel? Buckle up, you ain't seen nothin!'

Tom Neal plays a role he was born for: a gold-hearted but tough-as-nails guy who isn't half as smart as he thinks he is.

The direction is simply brilliant: the viewer, upon hindsight, isn't sure of who-did-what-to-whom and with what intentionality.

Savage had an interesting life. At an advanced age, she got a pilot's license to be "closer to (her deceased husband) and to God."

 

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"At an advanced age, she got a pilot's license", posted on December 30, 2020 at 12:07:04
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Leni Riefenstahl became a SCUBA diver at 71, I believe the oldest woman to do so.

To be closer to Adolf and the Devil?

On Detour - yes, a classic, great atmosphere.


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  • RE: Favorite all-time noir? "Detour:" a brilliant little gem by under-rated, posted on December 30, 2020 at 14:51:04
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    Saw if for the first time this past weekend. Loved it.


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    Leni and fish share cold bloodedness. Maybe that was the attraction... nt, posted on December 30, 2020 at 15:11:28
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    A dozen years ago, I also spoke of this film--- and the male lead:, posted on December 30, 2020 at 15:24:39
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    "Tom Neal in the lead. His life was as interesting as the character he portrayed: he graduated from Harvard Law, was a superior boxer, and later in life killed his wife, shooting her head off from behind with a .45 caliber handgun (he served six years). Earlier, Neal had beaten Franchot Tone to a pulp, breaking a cheekbone, smashing his nose, and giving him a concussion as they fought over a woman."

    Maybe he wasn't such a good actor; he was just being himself?

     

    Saw it for the second time on TCM Christmas night (or night after), posted on December 30, 2020 at 20:21:42
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    As far as favorite noir, I'd put Double Indemnity and it's (almost) remake, Body Heat above it. What a big screen debut for Turner.

    The host of Detour devoted some post movie time to discussing the fate of O'Neal. I think the girls liked his stories more than the movie.
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