A Cry in the Night

Synopsis: Owen Marks, parked at Lovers' Loop with girlfriend Liz Taggart, surprises a peeping Tom, who knocks him out and kidnaps Liz. The police leap into action when they learn the victim is a cop's daughter. Kidnapper Harold Loftus, the unhinged product of a smothering mother, makes ineffectual advances toward Liz, who staves him off as the police close in, hindered as much as helped by her overprotective father Capt. Dan Taggart.
Director(s): Frank Tuttle
Production: Warner Bros.
75 min

Well there it is!

The City!

It could be your town or my town.

How well do you know it.

Surprised? What did you suspect?

We call this Lovers Loop.

Every town has one.

Kids always have things to talk over.

Questions about life, about the high school prom, or the latest in rock and roll, all sorts of problems.

Many, many things to talk over.

Sometimes, sometimes without words just music.

What did they call it?

The universal language?

A place where they can be alone.

Away from mom and dad who think are a little old fashioned and square.

They worry about there kids.

Whats there to worry about?

Some people, remind me not to come back here on our anniversary.

Would you?

I dont remind you.

Did everyone ever tell you that you are beautiful.



5 times in the last 5 minutes.

Youre beautiful!

Oh youre just saying that because Im going to marry you.

But When?


How soon?

Owen, Id marry you tonight, except that.

Except that I havent met your family yet.

Is that what you mean?

Youll meet them!



Thats a fair word of yours isnt it?

Come on Liz, whats wrong?

Nothing! Why dont we tell them tonight!

Please Owen! Let me handle it my way.

Handle what? Liz, I love you, whats all the mystery?

Theres no mystery!

I love you too Owen, very much!

But you just got to be a little patient.


Maybe folks are planning to give you to me for Christmas.

Wouldnt that be a wonderful time for a wedding?!


Merry Christmas!

Owen, what is it?


Ill be right back.


What do you want?

I said what do you want?


Whats the matter?

Nothing honey, just.


You killed him!

Help! Help! Help! Help!

Suck him again they love it!

I thought you were with me sugar.


5 after frequency one! Stand By! 12-8-3 repeat!

12-8-3 Roger!

Only the left of midnight and my tailbone thinks its 4:00 AM!

Is that what you think with?!

I was wondering.


Why dont we stop for coffee?

Whats the matter?

No romance in sole?

Okay, well swing around the loop.

I wonder where those kids get their energy.


Time we made tracks baby, before the old lady starts throwing a fit.


Shes gonna grow a fit than breathe.

Here, have one for the road!



Hey look at the crazy drunk.

What happened?


Hes out like a light.

I suppose hes dead.

Listen, lets get out of here.

Lovers Loop!

Busy little birds and busier little bees.

Whats wrong with their homes if they get this kind of a place?

Cmon I can taste the Jabbah!


Yeah Tony!

Looks like were in business.

You think hes drunk?

Hes too big to be lost.

Oh brother!

Happy Birthday!

Oh there you are, Ive been looking for you!

Well you sure found us boy.

Come on!

The way you smell sport, fear little to the wind.

Oh I gotta headache!

How bad?


Look at his eyes.

They might be on the goof balls.

Just load him!

A bottle of thirst and a one bottled stomach!

Im sick!

I wanna go home!

Youre on your way!

Remember how you got that cut on your forehead?

Cut! What cut?

Youre okay buddy buddie!

He doesnt look like tank material.

Why dont we take him home?


Well take him home and he sets fire to the mattress!



Car 31!

Come in 31!

Were coming in with a 390, roll out the red carpet. Check! You got room for one more?

In you go!

What did he do take a bath in this stuff. Put him in the tank.

So long buddy buddie!

Next time make it sarsaparilla.

I dont want you to make a sound.

I dont any trouble.


Picking a pocket of an honest citizen!

We caught you cold this time Joe!

Heres the evidence!

You cant pin that lousy rep on me. Im clean as a whistle.

Youre just wasting the tax pairs money.

Yeah! Wasting the money and catching thieves.

In there Joey!

You the complaining witness.


Im not complaining.

I just want to get my wallet back.

Well Im sorry we gotta keep this for evidence.

Well need a little information before we can release it.

Oh! Of course officer!

You can count on my fullest cooperation.


Thank you!

Now, just a moment! In there!

Theres a man in the tank that doesnt belong their sergeant.

He tell you that Don?

No I examined him!

Sure as soon their finished his booking, you can slip on our friend Joey their.

Look, I want him out of their right now!

Whats his name!


Owen Clark, and he doesnt belong their.

Lets see Owen Clark!

Theres his book and D.M.D.!

I guess I have to talk to the caption huh!

Sure! Sure! Help yourself!

You wanna see me Doc?

Uh yes Captain!

I heard what you were saying out there!

What about this guy Clark?

From all the men he looks drunk, to the lame in anyway, but. But what?

I think he was slugged and probably robbed.

Is that your medical opinion?

He sustained a severe blow on the head that I know!

Copy the booking slip!

It showed that he had money in his wrist form which hand.

That blows half of your theory isnt it doc?

Im sorry captain.

But I think the man is suffering from concussion and shock.

Any reason he couldve tripped in his drunk and stooper and hit his head.

I dont think he tripped.

I think he was hit by some blunt instrument.

All drunks claiming that they was hit by some blunt instrument.


What do you want to do with him?

Run a blood test, take an X-ray, and see an extend of the damage.

Ill give you the exact degree in 30 minutes, if you still doubt my diagnosis.

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David Dortort

David Dortort (October 23, 1916 – September 5, 2010), was a Hollywood screenwriter and producer, widely known for his role as producer in two successful NBC television series: Bonanza (1959–73) and The High Chaparral (1967–71). Dortort's focus shifted in the late 1960s to the newer series, leaving the production of Bonanza largely to his associates during its last five and a half years (1967–1973). From 1954-55, Dortort was involved in directing and writing for The Public Defender. He produced The Restless Gun (1957–59), The Cowboys television version (1974), and a prequel series featuring younger versions of the Bonanza characters called Ponderosa (2001), which was produced with Beth Sullivan. In 1979–1980, he created the 13-week CBS miniseries, The Chisholms. Michael Landon appeared in a supporting role in the pilot for The Restless Gun, starring John Payne, aired on March 19, 1957, as an episode of The Schlitz Playhouse of Stars and Dan Blocker played multiple roles in five episodes of The Restless Gun. Alan W. Livingston of NBC hired Dortort to write the screenplay for the pilot episode of Bonanza. He did it at night, while producing The Restless Gun by day.In 2001, the alumni association of City College of New York, where he had studied history, honored him with its John H. Finley award. more…

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