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This review is from: Road House [VHS] (VHS Tape)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.
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Initial post: Oct 30, 2008 8:54:57 AM PDT
The jonquil says:
Ida Lupino had terrible cold during the filming of this most unusual picture and since the show had to go on, Lupino did the sultry numbers regardless. I think the results was wonderful and presented an extra edge to one of her best characters. She did also very well in a similar part in "The Man I Love."
Posted on Aug 20, 2010 11:09:18 AM PDT
Jay Holder says:
I thoroghly agree. I loved Ida`s singing, but wish they had completed "AGAIN" as it was the main song. She can also be heard singing in the movie THE MAN I LOVE.
Posted on Feb 4, 2013 7:45:10 AM PST
Chris Gibbs says:
I agree, except for the giggling part. What I found interesting is the way Widmark's character slowly emerges as the kind of psycho who simply cannot believe the woman in question does not love him. Watch him in the early scenes, with Lupino or talking about her, it's always him, what he wants, never even giving a thought to the possibility of her having different thoughts, different desires. It's that slow emergence (rather than the hysteria at the end) that I found really scary in his performance.
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