Road House

Synopsis: Jefty, owner of a roadhouse in a backwoods town, hires sultry, tough-talking torch singer Lily Stevens against the advice of his manager Pete Morgan. Jefty is smitten with Lily, who in turn exerts her charms on the more resistant Pete. When Pete finally falls for her and she turns down Jefty's marriage proposal, they must face Jefty's murderous jealousy and his twisted plots to "punish" the two.
Director(s): Jean Negulesco
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
  1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min



Hmm. Better luck

with your shoes off?


You waiting to see me?

- Okay. Who are you?

- I'm Pete. Pete Morgan, the manager.

Good. Can you manage me

a room in a hotel? I'm tired.

Well, uh, it's kind of tough.

But, uh, I have a little place upstairs

while you're waiting, if you're tired.

What did you say your name was?

- Pete. It's a tricky name.

- Pete what?

- Morgan.

- Well, Mr. Morgan, I'd be very happy...

if you'd just get Jefty for me.

Oh, well, Jefty

is a little busy right now.

I usually, uh, handle the details.

Is that so? Well, I'm Lil Stevens,

new entertainer from Chicago.

Right now I'd like to sleep.

Oh. The new equipment.

- What do you do to entertain?

- Oh, didn't Jefty tell you?

No, but I can guess. I know Jefty.

Isn't this small stuff

for a good performer?

Not at the money I'm getting.

- Small town, small pickings.

- Well, I got a small voice.

- Besides, who said I was good?

- What'd he promise to pay you?

Too much. About twice

what I usually get.

And how much is that?

You son of a gun.

I wanted to surprise you.

- You did. You surprised me.

- I did?

Well, what do you think of Lily?

- Was I smart to get her?

- Very smart.

- Come on, Jefty. How about that hotel?

- In a minute, honey.

- She'll be a knockout in the bar, won't she?

- Oh, sure.

I'll get you a place.

But first, uh, have a drink.

Meet the help.

I kept the bar open for you.

Okay. I could do with

a little cooking sherry.

Come on, Pete.

Let's celebrate.

Here it is, honey-And it's all Jefty's.

Oh, Susie, come here.

I want you to meet Lily Stevens,

our new entertainer.

- Hello.

- Hi.

Take her over to Sam

and introduce her to the bar.

- I'll get you a room.

- Fine.

You know, you two

are gonna like each other.

Yeah, we already have

something in common. Same barber.

What do you do?

Sing? Play the piano?

Mm-hmm. Something like that.

Sam? This is Miss Lily Stevens...

our new attraction from Chicago.

Jefty says give her

anything she wants.


- Always is a long time. Glad to know you, Lil.

- Same here, Sam.

- What'll it be?

- Scotch.

- Soda?

- Straight. Got a cigarette?

- Yeah, sure.

- It's quite a deal you've got here, huh?

Yeah, nice bunch.

Bottoms up.

- How's Chicago?

- Okay.

- Got a nickel?

- Yeah, sure.

The name is Miss Lily Stevens.

That's right.

She'll be over in a little while.

Okay, kid. Thanks.

- I got Lily a room.

- Antlers Hotel, room 12, large double.

- Same old room?

- Aw, now, Pete.

- Don't you ever learn?

- But this gal is different.

What's the matter with the hometown talent?

They're easy to handle.

Last year those entertainers from Kansas City, St. Louis

- Remember the trouble?

- Now, wait-

- Okay, you're the boss.

But don't ask me to dump 'em

when you're tired.


Pete, you don't understand.

I can't get anywhere near Lily.

- How much do we pay her?

- Two-fifty.

Two-fifty? And I'm supposed

to make this place show a profit?

- There goes my percentage.

- But if she don't deliver, she goes.

Yeah, boy she must

have been hard to get.

- How many weeks?

- Six.

- But as I said, if she don't deliver, she has to go.

- Six weeks.

Oh, come on, now.

Stop spoiling my fun.

I know I shouldn't mix business with

pleasure. That's why I've got you around.

Hey, come on.

- Hey, Jefty.

- Yeah?

- Miller wants to see you in the poolroom.

- Okay.

Go on inside and get friendly.

You made a bad impression.

Hey, Art. Get Jefty's station wagon

around the front.

- Ah, ah.

- Got to cheat a little, Sam.

Your troubles are over, Miss Stevens.

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Edward Chodorov

Edward Chodorov (April 17, 1904 – October 9, 1988), was a Broadway playwright, and the writer or producer of over 50 motion pictures. more…

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