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Road House (1948)

Road House




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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, Rovimore
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Edward Chodorov
In Theaters:
On DVD: May 14, 2009
20th Century Fox Film Corporation


Ida Lupino
as Lily Stevens
Richard Widmark
as Jefty Robbins
Cornel Wilde
as Pete Morgan
Celeste Holm
as Susie Smith
Ian MacDonald
as Police Captain
Charles Flynn
as Policeman
Ray Teal
as Policeman
Robert Foulk
as Policeman
Clancy Cooper
as Policeman at Club
Harry Seymour
as Desk Clerk
Heinie Conklin
as Court Clerk
Tom Moore
as Foreman
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Critic Reviews for Road House

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

This lurid 1948 melodrama by Jean Negulesco has built up a considerable underground reputation.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Framed within a realistically intimate roadhouse setting, yarn reconstructs the triangle with an arrestingly psychotic twist supplied by Richard Widmark.

Full Review… | March 26, 2009
Top Critic

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).

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Mad, perhaps, but memorable too.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A stylish and perverse film noir.

Full Review… | April 30, 2012
TV Guide's Movie Guide

A minor classic of forties film noir with major pleasures, Road House is an unusual, and unusually fascinating, variation on the genre.

Full Review… | January 14, 2010
Turner Classic Movies Online

Audience Reviews for Road House

Road House is kind of a tough movie for me to form an opinion of. It's not really noir, kind of but not really. It takes place in this claustrophobic bar/bowling alley/lodge place and this weird love triangle thing is going on, I don't know. Ida Lupino is great as usual and her singing voice serves as a parallel for how I feel about the movie. I'm kind of put off by it initially but after the third performance I was kind of intrigued. Richard Widmark is his usual over-the-top, early performance nutjob self as the crazy spoiled heiress in a performance that kind of mirrors Lupino's in They Drive By Night. That bar fight was an absolute blast nd Celeste Holm was such a doll.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

Widmark gives a fantastic performance in this movie. That's mainly why I loved it, but the story is interesting and exciting as well.

Aj V

Super Reviewer


ida is terrific, her 'singing' must be experienced to be fully appreciated and what's going on with that hairdo? but widmark steals the show as spoiled brat psycho 'jefty.' bit over the top but very enjoyable

Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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