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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Jefferson T. 'Jefty' Robbins
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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 <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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


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In a 1969 interview, director Jean Negulesco recalled that when Fox studio chief Darryl F. Zanuck gave him the assignment to direct 'Road House', Zanuck told him, "This is a bad script. Three directors have refused it. They don't know what they're doing, because basically it's quite good. Remember those pictures we used to make at Warner Bros., with Pat O'Brien and Jimmy Cagney, in which every time the action flagged we staged a fight and every time a man passed a girl she'd adjust her stocking or something, trying to be sexy? That's the kind of picture we have to have with 'Road House.'" See more »

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Jefty is seen leaving the cabin with a rifle in his left hand and a can of tomato juice in his right hand. In the next shot when he actually exits the cabin he has the rifle in his right hand and the tomato juice in his left hand. See more »

Quotes

Lily: Well, I'm Lil Stevens, the new entertainer from Chicago. Right now I'd like to sleep.
Pete: Oh. The new equipment.
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Referenced in The Phantom from 10,000 Leagues (1955) See more »

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Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
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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