Road House
Road House (1948)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: September 22, 1948
DVD Release Date: May 14, 2009
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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

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

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Geoff Andrew
Time Out

Mad, perhaps, but memorable too.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

A strange cultish love-triangle film noir directed by the gifted Jean Negulesco.

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Variety Staff

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

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TV Guide

A stylish and perverse film noir.

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Widmark does his wicked best as the obsessed would-be lover, and waiting in the wings is the great Holm to gently out-act them all.

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A.H. Weiler
New York Times

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).

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Sean Axmaker
Turner Classic Movies Online

A minor classic of forties film noir with major pleasures, Road House is an unusual, and unusually fascinating, variation on the genre.

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Flixster Audience Score: 69% Flixster User Reviews
Michael Gildea
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… More
jay nixon
Ida couldn't be tougher then as the road house singer she plays here and Richard Widmark is delightfully nuts in this fine noir.
Aj V
Widmark gives a fantastic performance in this movie. That's mainly why I loved it, but the story is interesting and exciting as well.
Stella Dallas
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… More