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In a Lonely Place (1950)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | 17 May 1950 (USA)
A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts...

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Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hat-check girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect; his record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humor tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbor Laurel Gray gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needed, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt, and Steele's inner demons come between them? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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THE BOGART SUSPENSE PICTURE WITH THE SURPRISE FINISH - (original poster)


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When Dixon supplies drinks for him and Mildred, we see him uncap a bottle and spills in the glass. Between cuts, the bottle appears capped before we see him capping it. In the subsequent shots, he moves the same bottle from one place to another uncapped/capped. See more »

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Dixon Steele: Oh, I love a picnic. Acres and acres of sand and all of it in your food.
Laurel Gray: Stop griping. Just lie still and inhale.
Dixon Steele: What, sand?
Laurel Gray: No, air - and don't let it go to your head.
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I Hadn't Anyone Till You
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Written by Ray Noble
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Classic Bogart, classic script, classic noir
11 March 2004 | by (Glasgow, Scotland) – See all my reviews

This is one of my all time favourite films, and (alongside the obvious - Casablanca, Maltese Falcon etc) my favourite Bogart.

The script is smart, witty and cynical, just like a typical Bogart character. But in this film Bogart plays probably his darkest character.

In some of the scenes with Gloria Graeme he's at his smooth, wisecracking, slightly irritable best, but in the moments where the anger and the fog of despair descends he is a more threatening character than in any of his other leading man roles.

The cynical, darker aspects of this film just go to highlight how few contemporary films are prepared to be so bleak.

Despite the fact that the plot is ostensibly a 'did he do it?' crime story, this is largely inconsequential to the psychological character and relationship study that is the central concern of the film.

If you like a cracking script with sharp performances, with all kinds of deep psychological observations on love and loneliness to be read into it, in the best noir tradition, this is the film for you.


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