''The Girl in Lovers' Lane'' is a 1959 movie centered on two drifters, the older, experienced Bix Dugan and the young, naive Danny Winslow, who arrive in the small town of Sherman. Upon arriving, Bix starts up a relationship with an innocent young waitress named Carrie, who's already being romantically pursued by creepy delivery man Jesse. Eventually, Bix realizes he's going to have to leave Sherman soon, and attempts to break things off with Carrie. Things take a turn for the tragic, however, when, on the night Bix and Danny are supposed to leave, Carrie is murdered by Jesse.
For the ''Series/MysteryScienceTheater3000'' version, please go to the [[Recap/MysteryScienceTheater3000S05E09TheGirlInLoversLane episode recap page]].
* AbusiveParents: Bix's backstory
* BadGuyBar: Well, pool hall, really.
* BeautyEqualsGoodness: In contrast to the generically good-looking heroes, Jesse, played by Jack Elam, is ugly as sin.
* BigBrotherMentor: Bix.
* ContemptibleCover: The one on this page.
* CoversAlwaysLie: It makes the film look a lot racier than it really is. On the other hand, it also [[TrailersAlwaysSpoil spoils]] the ending.
* DevilInPlainSight: Jesse. Carrie and Danny see him as the creep he is, but everyone else considers him harmless until the very end. Bix didn't see it either, but knew he scared Carrie and that was enough for him.
* DiedInYourArmsTonight: Carrie, after being attacked by Jesse, dies in Bix's arms.
* DyingDeclarationOfLove: Again, Carrie, to Bix.
* IWishedYouWereDead: Bix feels responsible for his dad's death due to this trope. What actually happened was that Bix punched his abusive father in self-defense, and the lout died of an alcohol-induced heart attack.
* IdiotBall: Even though the sheriff and his deputy are standing guard, they leave the jailhouse unlocked and have both their guns and the cell keys in easy access for intruders, which the lynch mob very easily takes advantage of.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Bix
* MayDecemberRomance: Danny and Sadie the hooker, going by Bix's comments. Due to DawsonCasting, however, it doesn't look like there's much of a difference.
* NearRapeExperience: Bix stops one between Jesse and Carrie.
* NoHoldsBarredBeatdown: Carrie's father delivers one to Bix, after Carrie's murder. In Bix' defense, this is because he absolutely refuses to fight back due to what happened with his father (see IWishedYouWereDead, above).
* PapaWolf: Bix, towards Danny, though he might have some [[HoYay ulterior motives]], as seen in the YMMV tab.
* PoliceAreUseless: Almost averted. The sheriff locks Bix in the cell to protect him from the lynch mob until he can receive a fair trial, but is useless when it comes to stopping the mob from barging in and taking the keys.
* TheRunaway: Danny, who left home when his parents decided to get a divorce.
* StalkerWithACrush: Jesse
* TookALevelInBadass: Danny beating a confession out of Jessie.
* TrainEscape: Our introduction to Danny