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.
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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.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Audio commentary by film noir historians Kim Morgan and Eddie Muller; Killer Instincts: Richard Widmark and Ida Lupino at Twentieth Century featurette; Interactive pressbook; Still photo galleries
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Ida Lupino commissioned the script for this Jean Negulesco noir, and she and Richard Widmark make this otherwise run-of-the-mill feature something of a cult item. Lupino is at her best as the tough, sexy torch singer who Widmark brings in to give some class to his bar/bowling alley stuck incongruously in the middle of deer country. The novel attempt to make the bowling alley an atmospheric environment sounds comic, but between Negulesco's mise-en-scéne and the camera work of Joseph LaShelle, it works better than one would think possible. Widmark is perfect as the psycho-in-the-making, and is so well-matched with Lupino that one wishes they had more scenes together. Wilde, who played a similar role in the noir classic Leave Her to Heaven, always seems to have walked into this genre by accident, and here, as the stolid stud, he's almost comically bored by the women who keep throwing themselves at him. For fans of bowling noir.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/2/2008
  • UPC: 024543528609
  • Original Release: 1948
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Region Code: 1
  • Time: 1:35:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Ida Lupino Lily Stevens
Cornel Wilde Pete Morgan
Celeste Holm Susie Smith
Richard Widmark Jefty Robbins
O.Z. Whitehead Arthur
Robert Karnes Mike
George Andre Beranger Lefty
Ian MacDonald Police Captain
Grandon Rhodes Judge
Edgar Caldwell Man
Robert Cherry Pinboy
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Court Clerk
Clancy Cooper Policeman at Club
Jack Edwards
Charles Flynn Policeman
Robert Foulk Policeman
Douglas Gerrard Waiter
Geraldine Jordan Woman
Don Kohler Man
Jack Lee Sam
Lee MacGregor Man
Marion Marshall Millie
Tom Moore Foreman
Kathleen O'Malley Woman
Harry Seymour Desk Clerk
Blanche Taylor Girl
Ray Teal Policeman
Cecil Weston Woman
Technical Credits
Jean Negulesco Director
Alfred Bruzlin Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Chodorov Producer, Screenwriter
James B. Clark Editor
Margaret Gruen Original Story
Joseph La Shelle Cinematographer
Harry M. Leonard Sound/Sound Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
Cyril Mockridge Score Composer
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Ben Nye Sr. Makeup
Maurice Ransford Art Director
Bill Riddle Makeup
Oscar Saul Original Story
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Tom Tuttle Makeup
Lyle Wheeler Art Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Road House
1. Main Titles/New Hire [6:35]
2. Please Go [3:55]
3. First Show [4:56]
4. She's a Hit! [5:49]
5. One on One [4:25]
6. Breakfast in Bed [4:50]
7. Competition [7:12]
8. One Kind of Lover [7:08]
9. Lovers [3:05]
10. Assumptions [4:50]
11. Confession [4:45]
12. Revenge [6:00]
13. My Way [5:36]
14. Power Hungry [3:20]
15. Log Cabin [4:45]
16. Out of Control [5:04]
17. The Truth Is Out [5:19]
18. Dangerous [3:26]
19. Eye for an Eye [2:36]
20. Out With the Old/End Titles [1:09]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Road House
   Play Film
   Language Selection
      Language & Audio
         English Mono
         Audio Commentary With Film Noir Historians Kim Morgan and Eddie Muller
      Subtitles
         English
         French
         Spanish
         None
   Scene Selection
   Special Features
      Audio Commentary With Film Noir Historians Kim Morgan and Eddie Muller: On
      Audio Commentary With Film Noir Historians Kim Morgan and Eddie Muller: Off
      Killer Instincts: Richard Widmark and Ida Lupino at Twentieth Century Fox
      Interactive Pressbook
      Still Galleries
         Behind the Scenes
         Glamour Shots
         Lobby Cards and Poster Art
         Production Stills
      Fox Noir
         Daisy Kenyon
         Black Widow
         Fourteen Hours
         House of Strangers
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