ROAD HOUSE
1948, 20th Century Fox, 95 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

A star-powered faceoff between two film noir legends! Sparks fly when sassy Ida Lupino takes a job crooning in psychotic Richard Widmark's rural roadhouse. When she throws him over for his boyhood chum (Cornel Wilde), things really heat up. Ida sings the classics "One for My Baby" and "Again."


NOBODY LIVES FOREVER
1946, Warner Bros., 100 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

Geraldine Fitzgerald is at her most luminous as a innocent war widow lured into a confidence game by a shady ex-GI (John Garfield). Is it any surprise that the grifter ends up falling for his magnificent mark? Or that the betrayed gang ends up wanting them both dead? Director Jean Negulesco ladles atmospherics onto W. R. Burnett’s savvy screenplay. Featuring great supporting turns from Walter Brennan, George Coulouris, Faye Emerson, and George Tobias.


THREE STRANGERS
1946, Warner Bros., 92 min, USA, Dir: Jean Negulesco

The verities of fate are explored in this fantastic tale of three strangers (Sydney Greenstreet, Peter Lorre, Geraldine Fitzgerald) whose fates entwine with a mysterious Chinese idol and a winning lottery ticket. Deeply cynical, gloriously atmospheric. Screenplay by John Huston and Howard Koch. Directed by Jean Negulesco. NOT ON DVD


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