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* HandsOnTechnique: Lily invokes this by requesting bowling lessons from Pete, much to his annoyance.

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* HandsOnTechnique: HandsOnApproach: Lily invokes this by requesting bowling lessons from Pete, much to his annoyance.

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* HandsOnTechnique: Lily invokes this by requesting bowling lessons from Pete, much to his annoyance.


After leaving Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/IdaLupino found this story (called ''The Dark Love'') and sold it to Darryl Zanuck at [[TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] as a film with her in the leading role.

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After leaving Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/IdaLupino found this story (called ''The Dark Love'') and sold it to Darryl Zanuck at [[TwentiethCenturyFox [[Creator/TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] as a film with her in the leading role.


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Jefty Robinson (Widmark) hires [[TheChanteuse a new singer]] for his rural road house, Lily Stevens (Lupino), much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pete Morgan (Wilde). Jefty has a tendency to hire girls from the big city and having them dumped in a few weeks' time.

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Jefty Robinson (Widmark) hires [[TheChanteuse a new singer]] for his rural road house, Lily Stevens (Lupino), much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pete Morgan (Wilde). Jefty has a tendency to hire girls from the big city and having then dumping them dumped in a few weeks' time.
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''Road House'' (1948) is a FilmNoir directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Creator/IdaLupino, Robert Widmark, Cornel Wilde, and Celeste Holm.

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''Road House'' (1948) is a FilmNoir directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Creator/IdaLupino, Robert Richard Widmark, Cornel Wilde, and Celeste Holm.


Jefty Robinson (Widmark) hires [[TheChanteuse a new singer]] for his rural road house, Lily Stevens (Lupino), much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pete Morgan (Wilde). Jefty has a tendency to hire a singer from a big city and having her dumped in a few weeks after he got bored.

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Jefty Robinson (Widmark) hires [[TheChanteuse a new singer]] for his rural road house, Lily Stevens (Lupino), much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pete Morgan (Wilde). Jefty has a tendency to hire a singer girls from a the big city and having her them dumped in a few weeks after he got bored.
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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Jefty is this to Lily. Lily is not interested in him, but he still thinks that he can force her to marry him. [[spoiler: He takes this to extremes when he finds out that she’s in love with Pete by framing him for theft.]]

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* AbhorrentAdmirer: Jefty is this to Lily. Lily is not interested in him, but he still thinks that he can force her to marry him. [[spoiler: He takes this to extremes when he finds out that she’s in love with Pete by framing him for theft.]]



* {{Blackmail}}: How Jefty decides to keep Pete and Lily in line. [[spoiler: He manages to

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* {{Blackmail}}: How Jefty decides to keep Pete and Lily in line. [[spoiler: He manages to



* FrameUp: Jealous about Pete and Lily’s relationship, Jefty frames Pete for grand larceny and presses charges against him even though Pete only took the money that belonged to him, not the whole amount. Jefty then convinces the judge to make him Pete’s parole officer, so he can control Pete’s every move and make sure he doesn’t run away with Lily.

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* FrameUp: Jealous about Pete and Lily’s relationship, Jefty frames Pete for grand larceny and presses charges against him even though Pete only took the money that belonged to him, not the whole amount.him. Jefty then convinces the judge to make him Pete’s parole officer, so he can control Pete’s every move and make sure he doesn’t run away with Lily.



* RunForTheBorder: Jefty forces Susie, Pete, and Lily to come up to his cabin near the Canadian border. He teases them that the border is very close, but he won’t let them get away. Stupidly, he gets plastered and gives Pete and Lily a real chance to run away from him.

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* RunForTheBorder: Jefty forces Susie, Pete, and Lily to come up to his cabin near the Canadian border. He teases them with the fact that the border is very close, but he won’t let them get away. Stupidly, he gets plastered and gives Pete and Lily a real chance to run away from him.away.


Jefty Robinson (Widmark) hires a new entertainer for his rural road house, Lily Stevens (Lupino), much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pete Morgan (Wilde), since Jefty’s hired many of them before only to make Pete dump them as soon as he got bored of them.

At first, [[BelligerentSexualTension Pete and Lily dislike each other]], but they eventually warm up to each other and eventually fall in love while Jefty is away from town. The problem, however, is that Jefty thinks that he can marry Lily even if she’s clearly not interested. Coming back with a marriage licence in hand, Jefty starts to slowly turn from cocky hothead to delusional psycho and is so jealous and angry that he frames Pete for theft and makes sure that Pete and Lily can never be together.

After leaving Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/IdaLupino found this story (then called The Dark Love) and sold it to Darryl Zanuck at Fox as a film with her as the star.

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Jefty Robinson (Widmark) hires [[TheChanteuse a new entertainer singer]] for his rural road house, Lily Stevens (Lupino), much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pete Morgan (Wilde), since Jefty’s hired many of them before only (Wilde). Jefty has a tendency to make Pete dump them as soon as hire a singer from a big city and having her dumped in a few weeks after he got bored of them.

bored.

At first, [[BelligerentSexualTension Pete and Lily dislike each other]], but they eventually warm up to each other and eventually fall in love while Jefty is away from town. The problem, however, is that Jefty thinks that he can marry Lily even if she’s clearly not interested. Coming back with a marriage licence in hand, Jefty starts to slowly turn from cocky hothead to delusional psycho and is so jealous and angry that he frames Pete for theft and makes sure that Pete and Lily can never be together.

After leaving Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/IdaLupino found this story (then called The (called ''The Dark Love) Love'') and sold it to Darryl Zanuck at Fox [[TwentiethCenturyFox Fox]] as a film with her as in the star.
leading role.

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Wanting to get away from her ingenue roles and leaving Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/IdaLupino found this story (then called The Dark Love) and sold it to Darryl Zanuck at Fox as a film with her as the star.

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Wanting to get away from her ingenue roles and After leaving Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/IdaLupino found this story (then called The Dark Love) and sold it to Darryl Zanuck at Fox as a film with her as the star.


At first, [[BelligerentSexualTension Pete and Lily dislike each other]], but they eventually warm up to each other and eventually fall in love while Jefty is away from town. The problem, however, is that Jefty thinks that he can marry Lily even if she’s clearly not interested.

Coming back with a marriage licence in hand, Jefty starts to slowly turn from cocky hothead to delusional psycho and is so jealous and angry that he frames Pete for theft and makes sure that Pete and Lily can never be together.

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At first, [[BelligerentSexualTension Pete and Lily dislike each other]], but they eventually warm up to each other and eventually fall in love while Jefty is away from town. The problem, however, is that Jefty thinks that he can marry Lily even if she’s clearly not interested.

interested. Coming back with a marriage licence in hand, Jefty starts to slowly turn from cocky hothead to delusional psycho and is so jealous and angry that he frames Pete for theft and makes sure that Pete and Lily can never be together.



* OnlyKnownForTheirNickname: Jefty. His name is Jefferson Ribbons.

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* OnlyKnownForTheirNickname: OnlyKnownByTheirNickname: Jefty. His name is Jefferson Ribbons.


* EverbodySmokes: Lily smokes so much that everyone mentions that she should take it down a notch.

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* EverbodySmokes: EverybodySmokes: Lily smokes so much that everyone mentions that she should take it down a notch.



* RunToTheBorder: Jefty forces Susie, Pete, and Lily to come up to his cabin near the Canadian border. He teases them that the border is very close, but he won’t let them get away. Stupidly, he gets plastered and gives Pete and Lily a real chance to run away from him.

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* RunToTheBorder: RunForTheBorder: Jefty forces Susie, Pete, and Lily to come up to his cabin near the Canadian border. He teases them that the border is very close, but he won’t let them get away. Stupidly, he gets plastered and gives Pete and Lily a real chance to run away from him.

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''Road House'' (1948) is a FilmNoir directed by Jean Negulesco, starring Creator/IdaLupino, Robert Widmark, Cornel Wilde, and Celeste Holm.

Jefty Robinson (Widmark) hires a new entertainer for his rural road house, Lily Stevens (Lupino), much to the chagrin of his best friend, Pete Morgan (Wilde), since Jefty’s hired many of them before only to make Pete dump them as soon as he got bored of them.
At first, [[BelligerentSexualTension Pete and Lily dislike each other]], but they eventually warm up to each other and eventually fall in love while Jefty is away from town. The problem, however, is that Jefty thinks that he can marry Lily even if she’s clearly not interested.

Coming back with a marriage licence in hand, Jefty starts to slowly turn from cocky hothead to delusional psycho and is so jealous and angry that he frames Pete for theft and makes sure that Pete and Lily can never be together.

Wanting to get away from her ingenue roles and leaving Creator/WarnerBros, Creator/IdaLupino found this story (then called The Dark Love) and sold it to Darryl Zanuck at Fox as a film with her as the star.

Not to be confused with the [[Film/RoadHouse similarly named film]] starring Creator/PatrickSwayze.
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!!''Road House'' demonstrates the following tropes:
*AbhorrentAdmirer: Jefty is this to Lily. Lily is not interested in him, but he still thinks that he can force her to marry him. [[spoiler: He takes this to extremes when he finds out that she’s in love with Pete by framing him for theft.]]
*AlcoholInducedIdiocy: A drunk guy in the audience manhandles Lily after her number and starts a huge bar fight.
*TheAlcoholic: Lily mentions that her father was an drunkard and that he could barely recognize her when he was sober.
*BelligerentSexualTension: Pete and Lily don’t like each other much…at first.
*{{Blackmail}}: How Jefty decides to keep Pete and Lily in line. [[spoiler: He manages to
*CareerEndingInjury: Lily was training to become an opera singer, but then she lost her voice.
*TheChanteuse: Lily blows them all away with her talent even if she doesn’t have much of a singing voice.
*EstablishingCharacterMoment: Lily slaps Pete across the face when he tries to force her into something she doesn’t want to do. She’s fiercely independent and doesn’t take crap from anyone.
*EverbodySmokes: Lily smokes so much that everyone mentions that she should take it down a notch.
*FilmNoir: From the classic era.
*FrameUp: Jealous about Pete and Lily’s relationship, Jefty frames Pete for grand larceny and presses charges against him even though Pete only took the money that belonged to him, not the whole amount. Jefty then convinces the judge to make him Pete’s parole officer, so he can control Pete’s every move and make sure he doesn’t run away with Lily.
*IceQueen: Lily is aloof. This makes her even more attractive to Jefty, but her initial iciness annoys Pete.
*IgnoredEnamoredUnderling: Susie (played by Celeste Holm).
*LoveMakesYouCrazy: It makes Jefty into a maniac who’s ready to betray his best friend and kill him for falling in love with Lily.
*LoveTriangle: Jefty is in love with Lily while she’s in love with Pete.
*MadLove: Jefty is completely delusional about his relationship with Lily. He thinks he can marry her, basically, without any consent or even plain interest on her part.
*NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Pete kicks the crap out of Jefty when he gets drunk and hits Lily.
*OnlyKnownForTheirNickname: Jefty. His name is Jefferson Ribbons.
*PerishingAltRockVoice: Surprisingly, Lily doesn’t sing with the common singing voice of the day since she lost her voice and mostly speaks in a harsh, low tone. Her singing is much the same and is rather quiet and subdued.
*PoliceAreUseless: The police don’t do much investigation into the loss of the $2600. They just take Jefty’s word for it without any other proof. Then the judge lets Jefty, an everyday citizen, be Pete’s parole officer without much consideration to why this would be a bad idea.
*RunToTheBorder: Jefty forces Susie, Pete, and Lily to come up to his cabin near the Canadian border. He teases them that the border is very close, but he won’t let them get away. Stupidly, he gets plastered and gives Pete and Lily a real chance to run away from him.
*ShesGotLegs: We’re introduced to Lily via her legs on a desk. She then proceeds to wear shorts so short that Pete calls her “legs”.
*UnrequitedLove: Jefty’s love for Lily is very one-sided.
**Susie, the cashier who works at Jefty’s road house, has feelings for Pete.
*WouldHitAGirl: Jefty hits Lily across the face, and then shoots Susie in the arm.
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