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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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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 »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Charles Bickford, Victor Mature and Lee J. Cobb were also considered for the roles of Pete and Jefty. 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

Jefty Robbins: Yeah, she's independent. But all gals want the same thing Pete - a guy to take care of 'em. I can take care of Lily.
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Connections

Referenced in Inventing the Abbotts (1997) See more »

Soundtracks

Again
(uncredited)
Music by Lionel Newman
Lyrics by Dorcas Cochran
Sung by Ida Lupino
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Lupino is terrific
21 April 2002 | by gsygsySee all my reviews

Lupino gives a premier league performance. Take her rendition of "One for My Baby, One More For The Road": it's an object lesson in how a conventionally beautiful voice is NOT required in order to triumph as a singer. Although she croaks the number rather than sings it, she acts it as if the character has felt every ounce of suffering in the lyric - and then some.


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