Gun in Betty Lou’s Handbag, The (film) A pretty but shy librarian, Betty Lou Perkins, is bored with her small-town life. Alex, her police detective husband, ignores her, and her job has become routine and uninteresting. The town is shaken into life by the discovery of a murder victim. When Betty Lou stumbles upon the murder weapon, she decides to confess to the crime hoping her bold action will grab everyone’s attention. Along comes mobster Billy Beaudeen who is both intrigued and threatened by the sudden appearance of the new “hit-woman” on the scene. Betty Lou uses her newly-gained self-confidence and notoriety to uncover the truth about the murder and, at the same time, to show her husband that she refuses to be taken for granted. Released on August 21, 1992. Directed by Allan Moyle. A Touchstone film. 90 min. Stars Penelope Ann Miller (Betty Lou Perkins), Eric Thal (Alex), Alfre Woodard (Ann), William Forsythe (Beaudeen), Cathy Moriarty (Reba). Filmed in Oxford, Mississippi. Released on video in 1993.