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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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Pete Morgan
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Susie Smith
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Jefferson T. 'Jefty' Robbins
O.Z. Whitehead ...
Arthur
Robert Karnes ...
Mike
George Beranger ...
Lefty
Ian MacDonald ...
Police Captain
Grandon Rhodes ...
Judge
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Storyline

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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Jeftys bar  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Jefty Robbins: Do you think I'd be crazy enough to give her a loaded gun?
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Soundtracks

Elsa's Dream (Einsam in trüben Tagen)
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from "Lohengrin"
Music and Lyrics by Richard Wagner
Played in the background while Ida and Cornel are together
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Noir at its Best!

Currently I'm taking a Film Noir class in college and I must say this is one fine piece of work. Ida Lupino is so overwhelming there are no words to express it but Richard Widmark is surely the finest actor in Noir! He was soooooooo creepy - a real human monster. The fight scene in the bar was hysterically funny though. It looked like it had been lifted out of a Western. Cornel Wilde was also sensational and I wish I'd seen this before meeting him years ago.


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