Road House (1948)
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as Lily Stevens
as Jefty Robbins
as Pete Morgan
as Susie Smith
as Police Captain
as Court Clerk
as Policeman at Club
as Desk Clerk
as Court Clerk
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Critic Reviews for Road House
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).
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.
Widmark gives a fantastic performance in this movie. That's mainly why I loved it, but the story is interesting and exciting as well.
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
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