Detour To Danger

1428.DETOUR TO DANGER (1945-USA). COLOR. Directed by RICHARD TALMADGE. Richard Talmadge had quite a fascinating and varied screen career, He first came into the industry, as a stuntman and double for Douglas Fairbanks, then became a star player in his own right, mostly in action dramas. He began directing the films in which he was featured, and soon developed into a solid “B” film helmer and reliable director Of stunt sequences in dozens Of major studio efforts al1 the way in lo the 1960s. Detour to Danger features a no name cast – has anybody ever heard Of its stars, John Day, Nancy Brinckman and Britt Wood? (After watching them act, you’ll see why the answer is a resounding no.) Nonetheless, the film is still amusing: while its attempts at humor pretty much fall flat, it’s unintenÂtionally hilarious when trying to be serious. The scenario details the plight Of a couple Of pals-one young, athletic and handsome, the other older and along for the (unfunny) comic reliefÑwhose toutin a jalopy on a fishing expediÂtion. Along the way, they stumble upon a bevy Of damsels in distress and tangle with some payroll bandits. This film is also an oddity in that it’s a 1940s low-budget entry shot in color: the Kodachrome process, a three-color sysÂtem used mostly in documentaries and travelogues. Fort his reason alone, Detour to Danger is worth a look. 56 minutes. Drama