Road House (1948)
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Richard Widmark plays the borderline-psycho owner of a combination road house and bowling alley. Widmark's singer, Ida Lupino, begins exhibiting an interest in his manager, Cornel Wilde. To get even with Wilde, Widmark frames him on a robbery charge, then has the unlucky fellow released in his custody. The sadistic Widmark takes every opportunity to flaunt his control over Conte, but this only serves to deepen the relationship between Wilde and Lupino. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi
Sep 22, 1948 Wide
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This lurid 1948 melodrama by Jean Negulesco has built up a considerable underground reputation.
Framed within a realistically intimate roadhouse setting, yarn reconstructs the triangle with an arrestingly psychotic twist supplied by Richard Widmark.
List first the fact that Widmark, though he stands in danger of being typed as the screen's prime psychotic, does an excellent job (complete with chilling laughter).
A minor classic of forties film noir with major pleasures, Road House is an unusual, and unusually fascinating, variation on the genre.
A strange cultish love-triangle film noir directed by the gifted Jean Negulesco.
Widmark does his wicked best as the obsessed would-be lover, and waiting in the wings is the great Holm to gently out-act them all.
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