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Road House (1948)

Passed | | Action, Drama, Film-Noir | 4 November 1948 (USA)
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.

Director:

Jean Negulesco

Writers:

Edward Chodorov (screen play), Margaret Gruen (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Ida Lupino ... Lily Stevens
Cornel Wilde ... Pete Morgan
Celeste Holm ... Susie Smith
Richard Widmark ... 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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There's nothing like a woman to come between men ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 November 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Dark Love See more »

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Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

In the movie drama with songs, The Man I Love (1947), Peg La Centra dubbed the singing voice of Ida Lupino. In this film the following year, Miss Lupino did her own singing. See more »

Goofs

Jefty and his friends set off to hunt moose after 7 am, in broad daylight. Moose hunters actually have to travel before dawn, as they have to be in place by first light. See more »

Quotes

Susie: She does more without a voice than anybody I've ever heard!
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Referenced in Inventing the Abbotts (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

There'll Be Some Changes Made
(uncredited)
Written by Billy Higgins and W. Benton Overstreet
Sung by Ida Lupino
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Intriguing Noir with a Sultry Performance by Ida Lupino
24 October 2003 | by KalamanSee all my reviews

A fascinating, quietly invigorating noir piece from director Jean Negulesco. Richard Widmark is fantastic as the owner of the roadhouse who spoils the marriage of Cornel Wilde and Ida Lupino in the quasi-idyllic setting located in the U.S.-Canadian border. There are two things that kept me fascinated by this odd and satisfying little noir. One is the sultry presence of Ida Lupino as the silky, smooth-voiced torch singer Lily (her rendition of "One for My Baby" is itself precious). Without a doubt this is one of Lupino's best performances. The other is director Negulesco's intriguingly stylish direction: the use of languorous long takes and deep focus, particularly in the misty, smoke-induced finale in the wilderness is quite haunting and expressive. This is the only Negulesco film I've seen. I'm looking forward to this other works.


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