Road House

Overview

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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Overview

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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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: 1/1/1998
  • UPC: 086162184833
  • Original Release: 1948
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  • Source: 20th Century Fox
  • Format: VHS

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
Charles "Heinie" Conklin Court Clerk
Jack Edwards
Harry Seymour Desk Clerk
Jack Lee Sam
Edgar Caldwell Man
Blanche Taylor Girl
Marion Marshall Millie
Lee MacGregor Man
Don Kohler Man
Tom Moore Foreman
Geraldine Jordan Woman
Kathleen O'Malley Woman
Cecil Weston Woman
Ray Teal Policeman
Charles Flynn Policeman
Clancy Cooper Policeman at Club
Robert Foulk Policeman
Douglas Gerrard Waiter
Robert Cherry Pinboy
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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