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
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Three of the people involved in this production - studio head Darryl F. Zanuck, director Jean Negulesco and star Ida Lupino - had previously worked for Warner Bros. In fact, despite the commercial success of his last Warners film, Johnny Belinda (1948), Negulesco had just been fired from Warners when Zanuck signed him to Fox and offered him 'Road House'. See more »
Well, I'm Lil Stevens, the new entertainer from Chicago. Right now I'd like to sleep.
Oh. The new equipment.
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Lupino gives a premier league performance. Take her rendition of "One for My Baby, One More For The Road": it's an object lesson in how a conventionally beautiful voice is NOT required in order to triumph as a singer. Although she croaks the number rather than sings it, she acts it as if the character has felt every ounce of suffering in the lyric - and then some.
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