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
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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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Richard Widmark follows 'The Street With No Name' in another tornado of thrills ! See more »


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Release Date:

22 September 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dark Love  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Road House was director Jean Negulesco's first film for Twentieth Century-Fox. 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 »


One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)
Music by Harold Arlen
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by Ida Lupino
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Excellent, original and unique
9 August 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Unlike many of the other film-noir films; the setting is a "sinister" bowling alley, which is more and more suspenseful, as you don't know what Richard Widmark will do next.

Ida Lupino, Celeste Holm and Cornel Wilde are the perfect foils, setting off Widmark in this film; the settings alone are original; the acting superb, and I wish they still made them like this!!!!.

You will enjoy the mystery, the cast of characters, and the final outcome of this movie. You definitely will not be able to predict what happens.

Rent it as soon as you can for a dark, rainy night!.

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