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


Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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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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Box Office

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$4,467
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Sam: Hey, Susie! What do you think of this one? She's somethin', isn't she?
Susie: If you like the sound of gravel.
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Soundtracks

There'll Be Some Changes Made
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Written by Billy Higgins and W. Benton Overstreet
Sung by Ida Lupino
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Widmark Goes Psychotic Again!
14 November 2006 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

This was a very interesting character study of three people: "LIly Stevens" (Ida Lupino), "Jefty Robbins" (Richard Widmark) and "Pete Morgan" (Cornel Wilde).

The two guys are attracted to Lupino, who prefers good-guy Wilde. The scorned Widmark then gets his revenge. This film was a year after Widmark played sadistic killer "Tommy Udo" in "Kiss Of Death" and his character in this movie isn't too far removed from Udo. In both films, Widmark provides the spark when the story needed it.

That's not to say the rest of the cast isn't good, too, but Widmark playing these psycho villains is just fascinating and just stands out. Another fine thespian is Celeste Holm, who also is in this picture but with a role that did not stand out. I can't even remember what she did in here, although it's been awhile since I've seen this. Hopefully, this film noir will be issued on DVD some day.


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