I have a recollection of a scene from a movie, but I don’t know what the movie is. I’ve tried searching IMDb, but nothing seems to come up. Maybe the Teeming Millions can help.
It’s a Film Noir movie from the 30s or 40s. The scene takes place in a roadside diner, I believe in the Arizona desert. There is a man who is a customer and a woman who owns or works in the diner. The man is on the run, and is being chased by either the police or a criminal gang (I don’t know which). The woman ends up helping him hide out, I think.
My first inclination was that the name of the movie was The Painted Desert, but a search of IMDb didn’t turn up any films by that name that matched the plot I remember. A little more looking led me to The Postman Always Rings Twice, which also takes place in a roadside diner. But after reading a synopsis of that film, I’m pretty sure that it isn’t this movie. If I am remembering correctly, the film I’m thinking of takes place somewhere in the desert, whereas Postman takes place somewhere between Los Angeles and San Francisco. I’ve only seen clips of Postman and while the woman in my film is blonde, I’m pretty sure she wasn’t Lana Turner. She had a different hairstyle than Lana had in Postman.
Any idea what movie this could be?