Road House (1948)

Road House (1948), directed by Jean Negulesco.

Tough cookie Ida Lupino is a singer who comes between club owner Richard Widmark and his manager Cornel Wilde. Celeste Holm is the reliable gal pal.

Builds slowly. The ticking bomb is, of course, Widmark, from whom we expect a psychotic eruption at any time. It happens in the last fifteen minutes.

Lupino is one of my favorite actresses from the period. Not conventionally glamorous, she still has pixy charm, intelligence, and a core of steel. She does her own singing here, and explains her non-pro performance by saying that she lost her voice when young.

She did less acting after a while and became a director.