Detour to Danger (January, 1946)
Released in January, 1946: Two friends on a fishing trip get tangled up with payroll bandits at a moutain resort.
Directed by Harvey Parry and Richard Talmadge
Written by Alan James.
The Actors: Britt Wood (Speedy), John Daheim (Steve), Nancy Brinckman (Mary Barton), Eddie Kane (Tom Barton), Fred Kelsey (Detective Kelsey), Si Jenks (storekeeper Walt), Eddie Parker (Gerald), Ashley Cowan (henchman Limey), Bud Wolfe (henchman Mac), Ken Terrell (Joe), Harvey Parry (bell hop, director), Richard Talmadge (painter with lunch bucket, director).
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I have always loved puzzles and mysteries, and as a youngster one of my favorites was a set that included several pairs of ten penny nails, twisted and interlinked in different ways. It took me some time, but I was excited that I could figure out how to separate the nails easily. I was always showing them to grownups who would patiently try to separate them for a few minutes, and then triumphantly show them how to quickly separate them. What fun! This full color 1946 crime adventure begins with veteran actor Si Jenks as a country store owner sitting in front of his store patiently trying to separate two nails. I immediately recognized the nails and had a wonderful flash back. Do they still make those things? Sigh . . . as I think about it, I guess it just shows how old I am. Today kids play with and will remember digital gadgets that are worlds apart from simple nails twisted into different shapes. Oh well, life goes on. While you enjoy this light hearted crime adventure, keep an eye out for the painter sitting on the porch eating a sandwich in the beginning. He is Richard Talmadge, born Sylvester Alphonse Metz in Germany in 1892. As a boy he was part of the famous acrobat family known as The Mazetti Troupe, working for the Barnum & Bailey Circus for many years. He was hired by a motion picture company to be a stunt double for Douglas Fairbanks Sr. when the movie bug hit him. He went on to act in over 50 movies, mostly as a cowboy star or other leading man roles. He went on to produce and direct movies, mostly for the non-U.S. market, because in his day independent producers were virtually locked out of movie houses by the big companies. This movie is one of the films he helped produce and direct, along with Harvey Parry, who appears as the bell hop at the mountain resort. Detour to Danger didn't frighten me with its drama, or bring me to tears with its pathos, but it certainly entertained me in an excellent manner with its wonderful blend of small town charm and comedy along with the capture of dangerous gangsters on the run. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Ashley Cowan as the Limey henchman
Britt Wood and John Daheim
Britt Wood as Speedy
Britt Wood at the resort in Detour to Danger
Britt Wood sings to the crowd at the resort
Eddie Kane and Eddie Parker
Eddie Kane as Tom Barton in Detour to Danger
Eddie Parker and Ken Terrell in Detour to Danger
Eddie Parker as payroll bandit boss Gerald
Fred Kelsey as Police Detective Kelsey
John Daheim and Eddie Kane
John Daheim, Nancy Brinckman and Eddie Kane
John Daheim and Nancy Brinckman
John Daheim and Si Jenks
Ken Terrell, Eddie Parker and Ashley Cowan
Ken Terrell as henchman Joe in Detour to Danger
Nancy Brinckman and John Daheim in Detour to Danger
Nancy Brinckman as Mary Barton in Detour to Danger
Richard Talmadge as a worker eating lunch
Si Jenks as Walt, the country store owner