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The Girl in Lovers Lane (1960)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Romance | 16 June 1960 (USA)
Two drifters contend with love and murder in a small town.


Charles R. Rondeau


Jo Heims (screenplay)

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Brett Halsey ... Bix Dugan
Joyce Meadows Joyce Meadows ... Carrie Anders
Lowell Brown Lowell Brown ... Danny Winslow
Jack Elam ... Jesse
Selette Cole ... Peggy
Bill Coontz ... Bill Coontz (as William Coontz)
Emile Meyer ... Cal Anders
Andy Paris Andy Paris
Spencer Carlisle Spencer Carlisle
Joe Kelsey Joe Kelsey
Mabel Rea Mabel Rea
Bert Rumsey
Sed Cassaday Sed Cassaday
Del Monroe Del Monroe ... Mugger in Train Yard
Nicholas King Nicholas King


Danny, son of a wealthy family, is running away from home. He meets Bix, a long-time drifter, who agrees to "mentor" Danny. Danny's naivete leads him to commit gaffe after gaffe, leaving Bix to straighten things out. But when they stop in a diner in the next town, Bix finds himself attracted to the waitress, Carrie, and is forced to reexamine his whole drifting career. Meanwhile, Jesse (Jack Elam) goes around creeping everyone out. Written by Leo L. Schwab <ewhac@best.com>

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16 June 1960 (USA) See more »

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The film was riffed by Mystery Science Theater 3000 (season 6, episode 9, 1993). See more »


When walking away from the gang after the pool hall, everybody walks past the same building twice. See more »


Carrie Anders: Pa doesn't know much about girls' clothes.
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50's "Youth Movie" that has more to it then meets the eye
20 April 2004 | by sol-kaySee all my reviews

****SPOILERS**** Late 1950's youth movie about two young drifters Bix & Danny, Brett Halsey & Lowell Brown, drifting in on a fright train into the peaceful little town of Sherman. A town where the police chief says that nothing bad ever happened there in 20 years.

It didn't take long for something bad to happen in peaceful Sherman where on just the first night there the two outsiders are attacked by a gang of local thugs because one of them had a $50.00 bill that he changed at the towns pool hall to play a game. $50.00 seems to be a very small price to corrupt the local boys from their 20 years of peaceful endeavors.

The people of Sherman weren't that bright either by beating to a pulp ,and almost lynching, Bix for raping and murdering his girlfriend Carrie, Joyce Meadows, after her body was found in the woods. The locals didn't have enough sense to know that Carries killer may well have been the local town weirdo Jesse ,Jack Elam, who was alway after Carrie. Jesse even tried to rape her the day before but was stopped by none other then Bix himself who belted Jesse and left him in dreamland.

Bix was saved from being lynched by the mob led by Carrie's emotionally upset father Cal,Emile Meyer, by his friend Danny who came to his rescue, just when he was about to leave town, by telling them that it may very well have been Jesse who killed Carrie. Jesse who just happened to be at the scene to watch the lynching then broke down and confessed to the crime and was taken away into custody by the police. The cops were released from the towns jail in which they were locked up in when the townspeople stormed the police station to get and then try to lynch Bix. The townspeople, including Carrioe's dad Cal, were more kinder to Carrie's actual killer then Carrie's boyfriend by not trying to apprehend or kill him like that tried to kill Bix who they should have known was innocent.

It was also interesting to see that Danny who was in town for just a few days could put two and two together and come to the conclusion that it was Jesse who killed Carrie when the local townspeople, who lived in the town all their lives, who knew about Jesse's dangerous obsession for Carrie didn't have the brains to figure that out by themselves? Danny who ran away from home when his parents divorced gets the good news at the end of the movie, I guess that his parents are back together, and happily invites his friend Bix to come home and live with him and his parent which Bix readily agrees to do, just what was meant by that? Isn't two grown up young men living together a bit odd especially in movies made back then in the 1950's? The movie "The Girl in Lover's Lane" seems to have more under the covers then over them, when it comes to Bix & Danny, and may have been made for other reasons other than what those watching it back then really thought.

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