A young man hitchhikes across the country to meet his girlfriend in Hollywood—only things don’t go as planned, and soon he’s dragged down into a fugitive world of death and extortion.
Edgar George Ulmer was one of the very few genuinely creative filmmakers who, for a time, chose the world of low-budget B-films over the more opulent milieu of mainstream, high-profile A-pictures. Born in Vienna, Austria, he worked as a stage actor and set designer while studying architecture and philosophy, and later joined the company of the legendary German theatrical producer Max Reinhardt. He first visited America in connection with a Reinhardt production, and became briefly involved with Universal Pictures in the mid-‘20s. On his return to Germany he served as an assistant to filmmaker F.W. Murnau, and worked as art director on the latter’s film Sunrise, which was shot in Hollywood in 1927. Ulmer went back to Germany to co-direct Menschen am Sonntag (1929) in collaboration with Robert Siodmak. He emigrated to Hollywood in the early ‘30s, working as a writer on movies such as Tabu and as an art director. By 1933, Ulmer had been signed to Universal as… read more
A well written and quickly paced film. Features that run under 80 minutes tend to leave me feeling as though the story had been rushed. Not so with Detour. With a perfect first person narrative, well cast actors and a NY to LA Noir story; this film unfolds like a strange little Hitchcock road trip. I look forward to seeing more of Ulmers work. The film now holds a place among my five favorite films of all time.
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I was quite excited to finally get a chance to see this much-lauded, low-budget B-movie. The plot is simple: after she dumps him, an East coast man decides to follow his fiancee out to California… read review