The Hot Spot

Synopsis: When the drifter Harry Madox reaches a small town in Texas, he gets a job as used car salesman with the dealer George Harshaw and settles down in a hotel room. During a fire, Harry observes that the local bank is left empty and open without any security. Soon he plots a scheme to rob the bank, provoking a fire in his room to distract the employees. When Harry meets George's wife Dolly Harshaw, the easy woman teases him and they have sex. Harry becomes the prime suspect of the bank heist and is arrested, but Dolly provides the necessary alibi to release him and then blackmails him into having a love affair with her. However, Harry falls in love with Gloria Harper, who works as an accountant at the dealership. He discovers that Gloria is being blackmailed by the despicable Frank Sutton, and he decides to press Sutton.
130 min

- How about a tall cool one?

- Can't serve you nothin' before noon.

Get you a beer right down there.

They got air conditioning.

But it's a hot spot.

Thank you.

(# "The Stroke" by Billy Squire)

(man) l appreciate all your help but l'm

just not sure if that's what l'm lookin' for.

You're not payin' for a lot of things you

don't need. No power steerin' or nothin'.

l think it's about in your price range.

Yes, sir.

- Why don't you just give me a call?

- OK, then.

- lt's a hot day, isn't it?

- lt sure is.

- What's your name?

- l'm Mr Haynes.

Mr Haynes. Harry Madox. l noticed you

walkin' away from this new car here.

- Are you interested in a new car?

- Yes, l am.

You obviously know automobiles because

we've had this one come back to us twice.

But l got one here l wanna show you.

This is the same car that l drive. l have not

had one minute's hard time with this car.

Come in here. Jump right in there

and see how that baby feels. Hop in.

Yes, sir, the stylin'

on this car is tremendous.

Who the hell is that guy out there?

Darned if l know.

l gotta git. l'm late for Little League.

- (Haynes) l like the headroom.

- lsn't that something?

lt's like this car was made

for a cowboy hat.

Let me run inside and see

what kind of deal l can work for you.

l'll just wait right here.

Wave your hands around

and talk like you own the place.

l do own this place.

What the hell do you think you're doing?

- Sellin' a car.

- Like hell you are.

l just did.

l got $100 off your down payment.

The price is gonna have

to stay the same, partner.

But l want you to look at

that low monthly payment.

- That's the best you can do?

- You're not gonna beat that anywhere.

- We got a deal.

- All right, you old rascal, you.

l'll tell you what. l believe you've got

the finest automobile we've got on the lot.

l believe it's my personal favourite.

(# "The Lonesome Traveler"

by Roosevelt Williams)

# Gotta find my baby

# Or my heart is gonna break

(police radio) unit five, l got a report

from unit six. They say they're sufferin'.

They got lane number one.

You and Elmer take lane three and four.

Well, l would assume then

that the truck is in lane two.

So that's a roger. Keep me in mind.

l'm expected.

- Where do l park this thing?

- lt's good, right where you're at.

l'm Gulick. l'm the other salesman.

You must be Mr Madox.


- How's business?

- Pretty fair.

Tyre kickers couldn't have much trouble

finding the place, that's for sure.

Shouldn't chew that stuff.

lt's bad for you.

Madox, l want you to go out

with Miss Harper this morning.

Who's Miss Harper? And go where?

There's a repo out in the county.

Deadbeat by the name of Sutton.

And don't take any guff.

l'm tired of chasing that son of a b*tch

all over, the first day of every month.

Sorry, nothin' doin'. Our deal

was for straight commission, remember?

What the f*** are you talkin' about?

l don't make any money

running errands for you.

- Maybe you won't like this job.

- Maybe l won't.

Mr Harshaw?


Gloria Harper. This is Madox.

Mr Harshaw,

maybe l could just talk to Mr Sutton?

l've always managed to collect before.

Forget it. You've got better things to do for

me than run that SOB down every month.

- l just thought...

- Dammit, Gloria.

Who's runnin' this place?

Get the hell outta here.

- l'll get Lon to drive you.

- l'll take her.

Oh. l thought you were sufferin'

from too full a schedule.

lt cleared up.

Why don't you make up your mind

who you're workin' for?

- This is a business, not a club!

- Where's the green LTD?

Think we ought to come in like this

when he's not here?

Probably not.

The man married?

l don't think so.

He... He gets his drinkin' water

from a spring down behind the house.

l'm just gonna go down

to see if he's there.

- l'll go with you.

- lt's OK.

l'm OK. You can just wait here.

- We can come back later.

- Oh, no, l found him.

He was down at the spring.

And he paid me. Both payments.

Must be a fast talker.

Glad l don't owe you any money.

(engine revs)

Hey! You folks lookin' for me?

(whispers) l need to talk to you...

Well, surely, Miss Harper.

A man of my type always enjoys talkin'

to a woman of your evident quality.

- Sutton?

- The same. The very same.

Miss Harper, ain't you gonna introduce

me to your gentleman acquaintance?


Another time, perhaps.


(Gloria whispers)

l'll take care of this thing. l always do.

l think l can live with that.

Sure you folks won't stay for lunch?

Another time.


That was about as much fun

as kissin' a passed-out drunk.

l guess l just don't have Sutton's charm.

You liked him so much you had

to go back and talk to him twice.

- Once at the spring...

- All right, l lied about it.

Now can you just leave me be?

Sutton a relative of yours?

OK, kid. Maybe l got it wrong.

Maybe l got it wrong.

l hope that's not that sleazy hotel l'm in.

Forgot to get my suit insured.

Come on. Move it on through.


- Miss Harper.

- lt's my baby, Harry. Remember?

Did you get that car?

No. The guy paid Miss Harper.

Gloria! You'll just have to do the whole

damn thing over again next month.

l hope not, Mr Harshaw.

What was the fire down there? The gin?

No. Hamburger joint this side of it.

Maybe l'll go take a look.

How about hangin' around

while l go to lunch?

Sure. As soon as l get back from mine.

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