Savage Detours: The Life and Work of Ann Savage, published by McFarland in March 2010.
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This is the first book-length study of the career and life of Ann Savage, whose performance in Detour earned her a place in Time Magazine’s list of the top 10 greatest movie villains. The biography covers her abused childhood and her career as a studio contract player, pin-up queen, B movie star, jetsetter and award-winning aviatrix. A complete annotated filmography with release date, credits, cast, synopsis and commentary for each of her films is included.
The book includes 85 photographs, two appendices of Detour materials, and a foreword by director Guy Maddin (My Winnipeg).
Savage Detours was named one of the best books of 2010 by Classic Images‘ Laura Wagner
“…SAVAGE DETOURS is not only a good look at the actress and her work, but also at the B-movie industry in the ’40s and the life of the studio contract player. Briskly written, never dull or stodgy, it’s an entertaining and informative read.” – Michael Cornett,Scarlet, Autumn 2010 (Issue #6)
“SAVAGE DETOURS: THE LIFE AND WORK OF ANN SAVAGE by Lisa Morton and Kent Adamson is the book that belongs in the library of every film noir fan. It reveals the challenging life of a tough cookie who took her work very seriously, even though, for many years, she was the only one who did…” – Monica Sullivan (Movie Magazine International)
“SAVAGE DETOURS is a gem for fans of film noir, Ann Savage, the history of Hollywood B-films, and the film DETOUR. It’s full off insights and inside information.” – Matt Dukes Jordan (Pulp Metal Magazine)
“I love this book…the biography section is exceptional. The writing throughout is honest but also warm and appreciative…the photos are simply mouthwatering…extraordinary work by the authors…I cannot rave enough. I’m in love with the idea of a book about the tremendous Ann Savage, one of my very favorites, but tickled that it’s actually a wonderful, worthwhile book.” – Laura Wagner (Classic Images November 2010, No. 425)
“The unforgettable femme fatale of Edgar Ulmer’s B-movie noir Detour, Savage had a largely undistinguished and somewhat frustrating screen career, but an interesting life, with an unexpected screen comeback (in a film by Guy Maddin) as her finale. The authors got to know her in later years and conducted multiple interviews to piece together that story, which is told in a brisk biography, accompanied by a detailed filmography with commentary on each picture, and a copy of the original screenplay for Detour with Savage’s script notes.” – Leonard Maltin (Leonard Maltin’s Movie Crazy)