In a small town, Lavinia Nebbs is sitting on her porch pouring a glass of lemonade when her friend Francine comes over late to meet with her. Lavinia locks up the house while Francine wonders if she gets alone living by herself. Her friend insists she doesn't and sets down her glass of lemonade without drinking it. The two women leave for a movie and pass by two elderly neighbor ladies, Miss Roberts and Miss Fern, who insist they wouldn't go out while the Lonely One is out and about. Lavinia, unimpressed, continues with Francine. As they walk, they discuss the Lonely One and Francine wonders if they should go. They pass by a bridge over the woods and Lavinia insists on taking the shortcut through the ravine to the theater. She convinces a reluctant Francine to go with her, saying the Lonely One won't be out until nighttime...Read the full recap
Based on the Ray Bradbury short story "The Whole Town's Sleeping", first published in McCall's (Sept. 1950). The name is a bit more indicative than the original, and shouldn't be confused with Bradbury's story "The Lonely Ones."