On Mondays and Thursdays, I usually like to skate on over to DVD Price Search to take a gander at the new releases they’ve added to their database. I was pleased as punch to see that the 1948 noir Road House is being released September 2nd (which just so happens to be yours truly’s birthday—it’s kismet, I tells ya!) from Fox Home Video. (And no, this isn’t the Patrick Swayze movie—it’s the one with Ida Lupino, Cornel Wilde and “the king of the rat bastards,” Richard Widmark.)
So far, the only place that lists the movie for sale is DVD Empire, but I’m telling you right now I can’t wait to get my hot little hands on this one—it seems as if they were never going to release it on DVD. As for the plot: well, Ida plays a torch singer who gets a job at Widmark’s backwoods tavern, and Dick soon gets the hots for the chanteuse. Trouble is, his roadhouse’s manager (Wilde) also has designs on Lily, and when Widmark discovers that the two are in love he frames Cornel for the theft of some money and then persuades the judge to parole Wilde into his custody. This, of course, allows Widmark to descend into Kiss of Death/Street With No Name madness by plotting to punish the lovers who’ve “betrayed” him.
Road House was available on VHS from Fox a good many years back and even made the rounds on AMC (ah, those were the good old days) but I’ll be darned if I can remember the last time it got a workout on any of the cable channels. Now when Fox gets around to releasing Show Them No Mercy! (1935) on DVD, I’ll be as happy as a sparrow on a lark.