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Girl in Lovers Lane [VHS] (1959)

Brett Halsey , Joyce Meadows , Charles R. Rondeau  |  Unrated |  VHS Tape
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  • Actors: Brett Halsey, Joyce Meadows, Lowell Brown, Jack Elam, Selette Cole
  • Directors: Charles R. Rondeau
  • Writers: Jo Heims
  • Producers: Robert Roark, Roger Markle
  • Format: Black & White, NTSC
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Number of tapes: 1
  • Studio: Victory Multimedia
  • VHS Release Date: June 1, 1992
  • Run Time: 78 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6302482917
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,112,306 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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TV star Brett Halsey is the lead in the inexpensively assembled Girl in Lover's Lane. While drifting through a small town, Bix ( Halsey) becomes involved with local tease Carrie ( Joyce Meadows). Shortly afterward, Carrie is murdered, and Bix is held responsible. The actual killer is feeble-minded Jesse ( Jack Elam), but the villagers aren't as quick on the uptake as the movie audience. Only the intervention of runaway youngster Danny ( Lowell Brown) saves Bix from a lynch mob. Girl in Lover's Lane was directed by another TV habitue, Charles R. Rondeau. -- Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide
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4.0 out of 5 stars Splendid January 20, 2007
Ah yes, the timeless story of two strangers from different worlds falling in love before they're able to cope with it. Okay, so maybe it's not Romeo and Juliet, but Girl in Lover's Lane does at least follow the major elements of the old Shakespearean tale. Drifter Bix runs into rich, sheltered runaway Danny, and the two pick a random town to settle in for a while. Bix has no idea that this is the place where he'll meet the girl of his dreams Carrie, and Danny has no idea that this is the place where he'll meet his first sleazy prostitute.

Bix loves Carrie dearly, but he knows he's not good enough for her. He's just a lowly drifter, and doesn't know anything else but drifting. The complication of Carrie in his life is too much for the poor dope.

While all this mess is going on Carrie's being stalked by Jesse, the town weirdo. He sees her with Bix, and he don't like it one bit. So he goes crazy and kills poor Carrie, and she dies in Bix's arms. Oh, how can such drama ever be resolved? The movie finds a way, but it's too bad the crucial confession scene is so botched.

I love this movie, even though certain things like unpolished visual transitions squeezed it into the Mystery Science Theater 3000 movies-to-make-fun-of library. Their name for Bix was Big Stupid, and I guess that's what I'll always call him.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Jack Elam is watching you! November 14, 2009
THE GIRL IN LOVERS LANE (1959) is terribly underrated at imdb, perhaps due to its lampooning in Season 6 of MST3K. There's far worse pictures that are rated much higher than this one's lowly 2 out of 10 stars.

It's directed by Charles Rondeau, who's best-known for supervising TV's F TROOP, plus episodes of dozens of famous 1960s and '70s sitcoms and dramas. Perhaps this one's best element is an often jazzy music track composed by Robert Stein. He contributed mostly to 'B' grade bombs, worked a lot for Roger Corman and scored such cult faves as ATTACK OF THE 50 FOOT WOMAN (1958), THE LITTLE SHOP OF HORRORS (1960), THE TERROR (1963), SHAKE, RATTLE & ROCK (1956) and DEMENTIA 13 (1963).

Cheesecake lovers will drool over several languid shots of a few shapely gals (including a bathtub scene), and the two males leads are certainly easy on the eyes, ladies! Jack Elam's heavy is spot-on perfect until he fails to deliver the goods in a final teary "I did it" confession.

Two drifters become friends and also romance a couple of small-town girls. A local creepazoid has the hots for one of the women.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable but it moves fast July 16, 2008
I am a fan of low budget films, so I enjoyed this but it isn't a classic. Jack Elam is the best part of the film, that details a experienced and an inexperienced grifter on a 70 minute oddyssey into 'anytown' usa.
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1.0 out of 5 stars The Girl in Lovers Lane ... Brokeback Train Station November 28, 2009
The Girl in Lovers' Lane: 3 out of 10: Homoerotic subtext in the movies is a well known phenomenon. Plenty of dissertations have come out of film schools about the hidden subtexts in such films as Top Gun and Spartacus. The Girl in Lover's Lane certainly fits the homoerotic trope. In fact, it is so blatant and over the top even MST3K, whom rarely notes such things in their riffing, simply cannot avoid it.

The film is about two drifters. One a rich kid (Lowell Brown) running away from home with a hundred dollars and no street smarts, the other is a professional hobo (Brett Halsey). The hobo saves the kid from a gang of thugs and they end up in a small town consisting of a diner, a pool hall and a whorehouse. Our drifter scholar gets a second look from the diner's waitress (Joyce Meadows as the titular Girl in Lovers Lane) who clearly is past the age of being choosy and whose only other prospect is creepy Jack Elam doing a Steve Buscemi impression.

On the surface, this seems like a strange film for the MST3K treatment. While the cast are to old for the characters they are playing, the acting is actually pretty good with both Brett Halsey and Jack Elam giving solid performances. The story is slight, but hardly The Robot vs. Aztec Mummy material and the production values are cheap back lot, but relatively competent.

It is the strange Batman and his ward homosexual undercurrents that make this film both awful and hilarious.
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