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Road House (1948)




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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, Rovi


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 (13) | Top Critics (4)

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

April 30, 2012 | Full Review…

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

March 26, 2009 | Full Review…

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).

August 8, 2006 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Mad, perhaps, but memorable too.

June 24, 2006 | Full Review…

Richard Widmark being nasty, Ida Lupino being nice on the eyes and Cornel Wilde -- WOW!

January 14, 2022 | Full Review…

Whatever else is wrong with this movie, there's plenty of action.

August 20, 2021 | Rating: 0/3 | Full Review…

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
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
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
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

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