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509 - The Girl in Lovers Lane



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Aquabreeze - over 2 years ago
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A movie about two drifters where they drift to exactly one town and then go back home.


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"My old man..."
's a dustman.


MSTeacher3K - about 6 years ago
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At 36:21, Servo says, "What about that guy I groined in the knee?" I wonder if Kevin goofed that line, or meant to mix up the words.


Rocket J. Forklift - about 1 year ago
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Bix as the only two dimensional character in the movie actually has decipherable motives. It took me a while to see it. What took me the longest was the pool hall trip.

I mean, I get that he has conflicting feelings about his father. He's angry and betrayed, but also guilty. And that carries over, along with his life as a drifter, to making him feel unworthy of love. Distrustful of it, too. But, deep down, he's a good man, and he knows it. So that's his whole relationship with Carrie. He wants her and the life she represents, but he doesn't think he deserves it, thinks he'll drag her down, can't reckon with the possibility of a good life and a loving relationship, and is afraid her father will bring out the worst.

Likewise, he sees Danny (who is apparently a teenager, given that his parents were married for 19 years) as a kid in need of a mentor/protector, something Bix never had.

Then Carrie's death makes him realize he was ready and it could have been good... just in time for it to break him. And suddenly Danny has to be the one to take care of him. But Bix is finally ready to let someone take care of him, and off they go.

So, like I said, that just leaves the pool hall. Why in the hell would he bring Danny there specifically to set them up to get mugged? (Gotta love how the owner is perfectly okay with that.) Why does he want them beaten, potentially killed, and all their money taken away?

I thought maybe it was too get Danny to trust him with the wallet, but that didn't pan out at all. Finally, it clicked.

At the beginning of the movie, we meet Danny when he's being chased by a pair of muggers. Bix has watched him run, but it's not until later that he gets to know Danny. To learn that the wallet is his, that he's easily cowed, and that he's on the run because he's afraid to deal with his parents' pending divorce. So Bix gets it in his head that Danny needs to learn to face his fears and stand up for himself. (This is, of course, a generation before Michael Jackson's Beat It made the point that it's stupid to get into unnecessary fights, running away is a perfectly reasonable option, it's not shameful or unmanly to do so, and toxic masculinity and peer pressure are terrible reasons to risk getting beaten or killed or thrown in jail. Yes, that was the message of the song. It was sadly lost on many.) He'd seen the pool hall when they arrived and clocked it as a place that would brew trouble. He set Danny up to get mugged again, but in a way that running away wasn't really an option. And stood by him, which also ensured that Danny couldn't just cut and run even if the opportunity presented itself. Danny says as much in the aftermath - that he would have run if not for Bix. But he faced his fear, and Bix drives the lesson home that sometimes you have to stand up to these things.

This the turning point for Danny that allows him to go back to save Bix from the mob, take on Jesse, and ultimately return home. The back alley fight is a rite of passage.


RushTempo - over 2 years ago
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Wait... why did Carrie scream like that right before she died? I mean, other than to make framing Bix for the murder more convenient.


RushTempo - over 2 years ago
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Wait... why did Jesse confess to the murder when everyone in town thought that Bix did it? I mean, other than to make Bix leaving town with Danny more convenient?


Bathtub girl exposed
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I ran into the "girl in bathtub" in The Twilight Zone -- one of the great episodes, "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet." She's Asa Maynor.


Nijit Twerdle - 5 months ago
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What, no stinger?


Matthew Harris - 7 months ago
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He doesn't look anything like Gene Kelly


Torgo - 8 months ago
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The master has enough wives already!


I said my eggs are cold!
BluePedal - 9 months ago
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The video still for this is stopped on my favorite riff in Lovers Lane.

"Stop the music my eggs are cold!"

You very briefly see a guy at the counter with his back to you who looks a whole lot like Jimmy Durante. It happens so fast and the riff is kinda obscure about an old celebrity. This is MST to me.


William Winsborrow - 10 months ago
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Big Stupid!


Mildish_Gambino - about 1 year ago
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It really bugs me that they are never actually served the eggs and coffee they order.


Jane Sproul - over 6 years ago
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Watching this again, I'm beginning to wonder if maybe the *actors* had a thing and that's where all the Bix/Danny vibes come from.


Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller - almost 3 years ago
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I don't get Big Stupid's yellow dress obsession.


Stereo Catz - almost 8 years ago
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Southern Pacific, famous for paying to have big empty train cars shipped cross-country.


GaryInMotion - about 1 year ago
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New Cinema Edition of, "The Girl in Lovers Lane" now showing...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Cws8EXUCjsM


Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller - almost 3 years ago
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"stop pretending you're so lily white"
does he think she's Black??


IHadNoOtherChoice, MD - over 1 year ago
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I just came across this Albert Brooks performance - wondering if this is where the "AND I'M DANNY!" line came from!
https://youtu.be/t_me-D6SJK0?t=20


RushTempo - over 1 year ago
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Edie Brickell -- LOL!


dugbreezizawesome - over 1 year ago
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the endless riffs about the truck driver's passing resemblance to Gene Kelly is everything I ever wanted


RushTempo - almost 2 years ago
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"Sherman, a nice little town."

"This town has been quiet for 20 years."

Who are they kidding? It's nothing but hookers and thugs.


RushTempo - about 2 years ago
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"You're kind of cute for a boy."

What?


Bronn K - about 8 years ago
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I just realized i've never actually seen this one before. Every time I see the title, I think it's "Girl's Town," and get it confused. Interesting, a new episode!


Misterkingdom - over 2 years ago
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I ship it.


Tony Barbour - over 3 years ago
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I very nearly pissed my pants when Crow as Jack Elam walked in.


Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller - almost 3 years ago
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I'd think a prostitute would use stronger language than "'heck".
that towel is nailed there.


Big Stupid?
Mike I - about 5 years ago
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What was Big Stupid's on screen name? I wish they could captioned some of this stuff.


Pygmy Fanfiction
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Honestly, the alternate endings Crow and Tom devised were more plausible than anything which took place in the last 20-30 minutes of this film.


Jeff Lingenfelter - about 3 years ago
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I loved xenon pinball, my favorite pinball I still do Xenon's voice when appropriate


Jeff Lingenfelter - about 3 years ago
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I'm trying to look at nobody and I'm looking at everybody


Nate Carlson - over 3 years ago
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Nice callback to 507 with "why doncha make a hamburger with all the trimmin's" during the post-lynching scene


Nate Carlson - over 3 years ago
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Nice callback to 507 with "why doncha make a hamburger with all the trimmin's" during the post-lynching scene


Stereo Catz - almost 8 years ago
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Ah, the sixties. When even bums where clean shaven with well groomed hair.


Jet Jaguar Abides - over 3 years ago
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Love the bit with Crow as Jack Elam...He even had the wonky eyes staring in two different directions and the Jed Clampett hairdo.


Hazel Davis - almost 6 years ago
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Carrie's character could have been replaced by a pickle for all the point she added to this crappily-written story. Her Dad could have had this prize pickle, the drifter would sit and be condescending at it, tell it to wear certain clothes. Then the weird guy eats the pickle and the drifter guy gets blamed. Then Dad beats him up for eating the pickle- giant pickle mob fight. The End.


Zeitgeist Meister - over 3 years ago
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When they cut away at 1:21:44 it's a different truck.


Doctor Lady - almost 4 years ago
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(*SPOILER ALERT*) In retrospect, I think part of what makes this movie so depressing is the preventability of the ending. You know what would make this movie better? A restraining order! Jesse basically threatens to brutalize Carrie when he says, "(Bix) isn't always going to be around (to protect you)." Yikes. Pretty depressing stuff. And you'd think there would be some punishment for his first attempt... at least a stern talking-to.... Oy.


Doctor Lady - almost 4 years ago
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That is one IMPRESSIVE Gene Kelly medley Servo sings towards the end!!


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So, I just had a flashback to a disturbing thing from my childhood. The bellybutton bit at the beginning reminded me of a very strange and kind of upsetting children's book about a kid who was born without a bellybutton and went to a factory to get one.

I can't be the only person who read that book or thought it was weird.


tonyp102 - over 4 years ago
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Check out the upper-lip hair on the female lead.


SaturnHex - over 4 years ago
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Man the sequel to Sullivan's Travels is really bad


Crouching_Penn_Hidden_Teller - over 4 years ago
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Big Stupid seems really interested in parting Danny from his money....


SuperJaneEyre - over 6 years ago
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I've never seen this one before, and the way Trace delivered that line during invention exchange 'What, are you going to give kids poop?' made me laugh so hard that I actually had to clamp my mouth shut so I didn't wake my housemates.


Hawthorne Rollings - about 5 years ago
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Broke Back Train Station


Sean Stewart - almost 8 years ago
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How many of you stopped the episode around 26:42 in response to Joel's riff about the man having 6 fingers? I don't think the guy actually has 6 fingers... Is there a joke I'm missing there?


Jinx the Cat - over 5 years ago
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12:10 What's your name kid? Sex Poodle...cracks me up every time! Crow at his best!


Zeitgeist Meister - over 5 years ago
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Crow's got Jack Elam eyes (by Kim Carnes).


Zeitgeist Meister - over 5 years ago
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Emile Meyer had to be one of the worst character actors ever. Hard to believe he was allowed in "Shane" and "Paths of Glory".


Young Love-ahh to be young again...& drifting.
William LeTourneau - over 5 years ago
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Love the Travelin' Train Song. Lots of little nuggets in here. The bots comin' up with alternate endings was precious. They are such lil rascles and what imaginations! Btw, we have a teenager at home...hope she don't turn into one of them 'drifters'. =P


Snuffy Wuffykiss - almost 6 years ago
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That was one weird ass movie.


Tanishia Williams - almost 8 years ago
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What were those pool hustlers gonna do, punch them in the knee caps? Was there even one of them that was taller than a hobbit?


Jane Sproul - almost 6 years ago
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Hey, I think I figured out Carrie being so very:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFlOh1MiuPM


Mark Heckman - about 6 years ago
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I just watched this episode and nearly choked to death I laughed so hard. Truly an underrated and under appreciated episode!


Robert Brown - over 6 years ago
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I know I wrote this a lot, but this is truly an underappreciated episode. In fact, this may be the most criminally underappreciated episode of them all. It has my favorite MST song ever, and so many pause-the-movie, laugh-out-loud quips that it takes me five hours to watch it through. This silly movie brought out the sneaky snark. Oh, just smiley it already!


Linda Decatmomma - over 6 years ago
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loved that part.. camera 3 get off the track and they scream..


Servo's Beautiful Voice
Tyler Jones - almost 7 years ago
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Servo really liked the tune to this opening credit theme. XD


Look Polish - about 7 years ago
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A seriously underrated episode.


Dood - almost 7 years ago
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Nice guyliner, Big.


Carrie is So Very - over 7 years ago
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One of my all-time favorites. And I gotta share: as a playwright I've thought for almost 20 years about how to fix the ending so this movie works, and really the only thing that does is going full-Brokeback. Big Stupid/Danny: my OTP.


Kimono Dragon - over 8 years ago
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The train song at 24:00 - Servo holding a ukelele with both arms dangling at his side... among their best!


Great Scott - over 7 years ago
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I actually enjoy this movie as well... Joyce Meadows was pretty good in my opinion... plus I'm a sucker for homoerotic subtext.


Look Polish - about 7 years ago
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This episode's got one of the best running character riffs that I've seen so far. So good.


Tonine Anne Lepore - about 7 years ago
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Jack Elam was great in "Support Your Local Sheriff" and I think Carrie's Dad was the slovenly, captain in "the Caine Mutiny", replaced by Humphrey Bogart. "Yeah, the strawberries....."


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As for the thugs in the pool hall Big Stupid and Danny run into; that was the least impressive gang ever. Taken down by a skinny under nourished drifter and his wimpy cohort who they outnumbered. And they had weapons.


Tom Levier - over 7 years ago
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Shut up Danny.


Jimmy Porto - over 9 years ago
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Have not seen this episode until today. Loved their railroad song, and got to see some early Jack Elam!


Erik Huntsinger - over 7 years ago
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"You're stuck here!"
Nice reference to Fugitive Alien... 2 seasons earlier!


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This is seriously one of the most depressing movies they've riffed on.


here pup!
Sean Barry - over 7 years ago
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Hahahaha @ 50:37 when he goes, "now Sadie girl..." HAhahahaa that's what I say to my dog (not the one in the pic, that's Cortez the Killer). Sadie's a goldendoodle. :D


Jake - over 7 years ago
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This has gotta be my favorite episode, probably because the movie itself isn't really that bad (compared to other MST3K films).


Tanishia Williams - almost 8 years ago
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is it me, or is that Jesse weirdo the crosseyed drunken doctor from the Cannonball Run movies in his younger years? I'd know those eyeballs anywhere! Crow does a great Jack Elam, by the way.


Tanishia Williams - almost 8 years ago
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Why'd she keep calling me John? I love the scene when the stupid Danny kid meets the hooker. Oh, who am I kidding? I love every robot riff where Bix (aka Big Stupid) tells Danny to shut up.


Frederick Jacob Luebker - almost 8 years ago
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34:48 "Frodo is in one of those barrels." This line bugs me, because it was Bilbo who traveled by barrel, not Frodo!


Stereo Catz - almost 8 years ago
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Camera three NO! …why don’t they look?


Misti Buckner - about 9 years ago
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This has been my favorite episode for years! Some of the funniest riffs EVER!


Kim Spence Dean - almost 8 years ago
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I LOVE this episode. From the very beginning, the riffs are smart and hysterical. This is one that I always recommend to people who want to see Joel at or near his best.


Colleen Swiggum - almost 8 years ago
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did anyone else expect the robots to start mimicking gollum? "the rings are the precious"


Colleen Swiggum - almost 8 years ago
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quite a nice little strip show danny puts on while talking about his parents...


James Krummel - about 8 years ago
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Train song. Crow doing Jack Elam. Fantastic episode!


Mike Carmona - about 8 years ago
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I wonder if the MST3K Poopie! clips are played on Poopie Night...


Gal Dagon - about 9 years ago
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I... I'm actually enjoying this film.


Kelly Slane - almost 9 years ago
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Crow as Jack Elam - TERRIFYING


Leslie Doesn't Get You - over 8 years ago
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SPOILER ALERT in posts below! If you haven't seen this episode yet, wait and read the posts afterward. The ending is given away!


Rowsdower Jr. Sr. - about 9 years ago
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How does this episode have so few laughs?? "Big Stupid", Crow as Jack Elam, 'ruffles have ridges' and an endless supply of drifter jokes.... what more can you ask for?


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Lol at Joel, calling Crow "honey" at 43:30!!


Jerome Montgomery II - over 8 years ago
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Sing it Tom Servo that gumball can sing


Aaron Kuehmichel - over 8 years ago
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Is it bad that I want a T-shirt with the words 'Pervert Burger' on it???


Jeremy Burgess - over 8 years ago
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Actually this was a good movie. i kinda felt myself getting lost in it. the riffs were great! What killed the movie was the the time warp edits lol. a lost gem in the MST3K world. A must see!


Jackson Hollifield - almost 9 years ago
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I just stumbled on this site recently and have discovered that, although I've been a Huge MST3K fan since about '91, I've never seen this episode. Lovin' it!!


Brian Fry - about 9 years ago
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this is by far my favorite episode. so many great riffs, the skits were hilarious, and this is the first episode i noticed the cross reference to another riff with the Leather Coat line, which was from The Beatniks


Dan Rudy - over 9 years ago
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Definitely one of their better singing riffs; but the opening credits had a good musical addition as well!