Road House (1948)

Passed  |   |  Action, Drama, Film-Noir  |  22 September 1948 (USA)
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A night club owner becomes infatuated with a torch singer and frames his best friend/manager for embezzlement when the chanteuse falls in love with him.



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Complete credited cast:
Susie Smith
Jefferson T. 'Jefty' Robbins
Robert Karnes ...
George Beranger ...
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Jefty, owner of a roadhouse in a backwoods town, hires sultry, tough-talking torch singer Lily Stevens against the advice of his manager Pete Morgan. Jefty is smitten with Lily, who in turn exerts her charms on the more resistant Pete. When Pete finally falls for her and she turns down Jefty's marriage proposal, they must face Jefty's murderous jealousy and his twisted plots to "punish" the two. Written by Rod Crawford <>

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Release Date:

22 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dark Love  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Agent Charles K. Feldman bought the rights to "Dark Love" for $20,000 and sold them to Fox for $130,000 with the condition that Ida Lupino star. See more »


Pete: Now, baby, I'm not trying to rush you.
Lily: [Slaps his face] Silly boy!
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Referenced in This Means War (2012) See more »


There'll Be Some Changes Made
Written by Billy Higgins and W. Benton Overstreet
Sung by Ida Lupino
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" I told you she was different "
3 November 2002 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is one of my favorite film-noirs. I could watch it every night and not get tired of it. What Ida Lupino was able to do with a cigarette, a few shrugs of her shoulder and a gravelly singing voice, well lets just say they there oughta be a law against it. The casting of this film could not have been better.Richard Widmark, Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde and Celeste Holm are all at the top of their game here. And to top it all off, it has one of the greatest bar-room brawls of all time. If you've never seen it, you're wasting valuable time here. Shut off your computer, go down to your local video store and rent it immediately. You won't be disappointed. Or better yet, try to catch it on a big screen somewhere.

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