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Road House (Fox Film Noir)
Road House
Fox Film Noir
Actors: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, Charles Flynn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
NR     2008     1hr 35min

Ida Lupino is a singer working at Richard Widmark's club. When she falls for Cornel Wilde, Widmark goes berserk.


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Actors: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, Charles Flynn
Genres: Action & Adventure, Drama, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Action & Adventure, Love & Romance, Classics, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Black and White - Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 09/02/2008
Original Release Date: 01/01/1948
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/1948
Release Year: 2008
Run Time: 1hr 35min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 15
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
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Movie Reviews

Lupino Unbound
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Jean Negulesco was an also-ran among golden-age directors, but he fired on all cylinders in this late-forties piney-woods noir. Richard Widmark is a giggling psycho who owns, what else, a Road House somewhere near the Canadian Border; Cornel Wilde is his all-American man Friday. Into the mix comes Lupino, a tough "shantoozie" who becomes the apex of a sick triangle. The talk is hard-boiled and freighted with innuendo (in the style of the times). Worth the price of admission is Lupino singing "One more for my baby (and one more for the road)" in her burnt-toast voice, while sitting at a white piano gouged with burns from her smouldering cigarettes. This movie was made for viewing on the late, late show."
The mating season
John R. Bridell | Minneapolis, MN USA | 06/29/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"ROAD HOUSE sets a dark mood with plenty of night scenes. I'm usually turned away from a film having too many night scenes. Half the time you can't tell who's who and what's they doing. Nothing unclear in ROAD HOUSE. Director, Jean Negulesco, deserves a gold star for handling the lighting in those scenes. I give another gold star to Celeste Holm, the girl that you want for a "friend." The plot gets down to the simply fact of the mating season. I was a little concerned that Widmark's evil propensity wasn't foreshadowed during the earlier stages of the film, but it was acceptable to believe that he just flipped his cork. The best part of the movie was perky Ida Lupino's torch song singing effort beginning with "Set 'em up Joe," and "Again." The soundtrack was marvelous."
John R. Bridell | 03/03/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"As a noir collector, I have to tell you that this one is a must. Buy it for Ida Lupino's performance alone! The star of the show for me, though, is Widmark. While his role is no Tommy Udo (Kiss of Death - 1947 - DON'T MISS IT!), he sizzles, as always. Let's face it, aside from being a great actor, when he was young, the guy was a major hotty!"
This film sizzles with emotion -- desire, jealousy, hatred..
M. C. Crammer | Decatur, GA USA | 12/28/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The plot is basically a triangle -- Cornel Wilde and Richard Widmark are both in love with lounge singer Ida Lupino. Widmark's character is well-off and owns the road house that his old pal Cornel Wilde manages for him. If Widmark can't win Lupino's heart, he's going to make sure Wilde doesn't get to have her. Just to add to the complications, another road house employee yearns for Wilde, but unlike Widmark, she's basically a good person.

Somehow black and white is the right medium for this film -- I think color would have detracted from the brooding atmosphere.

All in all, this movie stands the test of time well. Widmark puts in a great performance.