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Road House

January 8, 2017 @ 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM


UCLA Film & Television Archive presents “Archive Treasures”

Road House (1948)
Directed by Jean Negulesco

Ex-war buddies Richard Widmark and Cornel Wilde run a lakeside nightclub in this flavorful film noir with a North Woods setting. Everything is fine until blues singer Ida Lupino’s preference for Wilde sets Widmark off on a jealous rage. Widmark is effective in a role that recalls his breakthrough performance as a psychotic killer in Henry Hathaway’s Kiss of Death the year before, but it is Lupino who takes over the picture. Her Lily Stevens emerges as the quintessential noir heroine — tough, strong-willed, able to take care of herself, yet passionate and fiercely loyal. Along the way, she offers memorable interpretations of three classic blues songs: “One for My Baby,” “The Right Time” and “Again” (written for this film by Lionel Newman and Dorcas Cochran). Lupino’s singing is hardly melodious, but you may agree with another character’s comment that Lily “does more without a voice than most singers do with one.”

Director: Jean Negulesco. Production/distribution: Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp. Producer: Edward Chodorov. Screenwriter: Edward Chodoro. Cinematographer: Joseph LaShelle. Editor: James B. Clark. Cast: Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde, Celeste Holm, Richard Widmark, O.Z. Whitehead

35mm nitrate, b/w, 95 min.

Preceded by:

Screen Songs: Our Funny Finny Friends (1949)
Directed by Seymour Kneel

A parade of waterlogged puns brought to Technicolor life precedes a vision of undersea nightlife at The Fish Bowl, where you’re invited to follow the bouncing ball and sing along to “Three Little Fishes.”

35mm nitrate, IB Technicolor, 7 min.

News of the Day: “Red Crisis Stirs Nation” (3/18/1948)
vol. 19 no. 257

“Before a tense joint session of Congress, President Truman demands legislation to halt the advance of Red tyranny through Europe.” — Hearst synopsis sheet

35mm, b/w, approx. 6 min. Metro-Goldwyn Mayer

FREE admission for all UCLA students with valid I.D.



January 8, 2017
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Event Category:


Billy Wilder Theater
10899 Wilshire Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90024 United States