Detour (1945) – By Jason S. Lockard

Film noirs are art forms! Some writers and directors get it and others just fail miserably with it! Now for all intents and purposes Detour should be one of those films that fail, but for some reason it works! Film Chest Media Group has restored this b-film noir to HD glory.

The film follows Al Roberts a piano player in a nightclub who leaves to follow the night cub singer Sue who he loves. Hitchhiking his way to California, he gets a lift from a man named Haskell. When Haskell dies of a heart attack, Al buries the body, and takes over his identity thinking the cops would feel he murder Haskell. When Al picks up a girl hitchhiking he find this girl was picked up before by Haskell and knows his secret. Now she blackmails him to go deeper and deeper into this lie. Will they get away with identity theft? You’ll have to watch the film to find out.

In wartime Hollywood the fast turn out low-budget B-pictures were a staple. Thankfully Detour survives and now thanks to Film Chest Media Group’s restoration, shines. The audio and video are stellar.

So if you want to see a film, that should have been a bust, but somehow works. There is no better way to see it than this newly restored version. Check out Film Chest Media group online at

Moral Rating: mild violence and sexual dialogue
Audience: Parental guidance
Genre: Film noir
Time: 1 hour 7 minutes
DVD Released: 2014
Rating: A