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Watch "DETOUR" Free - Best Film Noir, with Sultry, Nasty Ann Savage

Updated on September 17, 2012
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Bill Russo is featured in the film & TV show, The Bridgewater Triangle & has written several books (both fiction & non) on Amazon Kindle.

Seductress Ann & more Noirs for FREE!

If you regularly troll the public domain films in search of lost classics, you will find a great deal of garbage. Sometimes, hidden under a piece of moldering tomato, you uncover a genuine diamond.

Such was the case when I unearthed a gem which I would like to pass along to you. This ‘free’ marvel is called, “Detour”. It is classic ‘film noir’ starring the strikingly strident and beautiful Ann Savage and the bewildered Tom Neal.

The feature was shot in six days and yet has endured six decades because it is one of the finest examples of the genre.

The plot opens in New York City with a nightclub piano player and his girlfriend who is the joint’s singer. She has dreams of Hollywood and sets off for the bright lights, leaving her man behind.

Later, he decides to go West to be with her, but has no money for the trip. Opting to hitch hike the whole 3,000 miles, he sets off a chain of disasters that will keep you bound to the screen for the entire film.

Detour has become public domain so you can legally download it at the Internet Archive or just watch it with the youtube link.

I am also including links to the film’s trailer as well as a retrospective that Ann made in 2004, a few years before her death.

And then, to mix the ridiculous with the sublime, I am including a you tube link to another film Ann Savage made that same year (1945) - Midnight Manhunt with Dead End Kid, Leo Gorcey who was variously called “Slip” or “Spit” in dozens of East Side/Dead End Kid films.

This movie also has become public domain. You can download a good copy at the Internet Archive or watch the you tube copy - poor quality but you will at least get to see Ann and the always funny Leo Gorcey.

I hope you will watch 'Detour' and share you opinions of it in the comments section. Comments on Leo Gorcey will be welcomed too. I always loved the Dead End movies but somehow felt that Leo Gorcey was an 'old soul' and very sad under his flip exterior.

Custom Made 'Preview' for Detour

Detour - Full Movie

Ann Savage (2004) discusses the film

Trailer for Midnight Manhunt - made same year as Detour

Midnight Manhunt - Full Movie (youtube)


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      Bill Russo 6 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for reading the hub and checking out "Detour". I have to agree with you that the remakes of classic films seldom come close to the original.

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      Mark 6 years ago from Alabama,USA

      This is a cool hub & I have gotten into the older movies lately. I wrote a hub awhile back about how poor the quality of movies are now so I def will check Detour.

      Also I have noticed how Hollywood is constantly re-doing classic films & just butchering them.

      Anyway I voted your hub up and useful and I am looking forward to reading more.


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      Bill Russo 6 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks Ben. I think you will be pleased with this gritty offering. The cast rises above the spartan budget and hurry-up shooting schedule to deliver a lasting work of art.

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      Ben Graves 6 years ago from Chicago, IL

      I've started kind of getting into film noir, and I think I remember hearing a little about this film in a class last year when learning about the noir genre, so I'll have to see this. Thanks for the recommendation.

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      Bill Russo 6 years ago from Cape Cod

      Thanks for checking it out.

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      rorshak sobchak 6 years ago

      Cool write up. Thank you!! :)