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In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | August 1950 (USA)
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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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Release Date:

August 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Behind the Mask  »


Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,375,000, 31 December 1950
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Robert Warwick and Humphrey Bogart worked together in 1922 in the stage play Drifting. Producer and star Bogart never forgot the kindness Warwick showed to him as a young actor, and made Andrew Solt write a role for Warwick, who was then struggling. See more »


In the final scene when Dixon hurls Laurel onto the bed and lands on top of her, his watch in the foreground quite visibly shows that is about 4 o'clock. However, the mantle clock on the shelf behind them shows the time as 6 o'clock. See more »


Dixon Steele: There's no sacrifice too great for a chance at immortality.
Waiter: [rolls his eyes] Yes sir.
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Bogey's best?
13 March 2002 | by See all my reviews

A scorching performance from Bogey makes this film a real classic, his Dixon Steele one of the great screen characters. In this more biting version of the plot of Hitchcock's suspense/comedy Suspicion, Bogart is a kind and loving screenwriter with a violent streak of temper waiting to break out and a taste for a drink or two, wooing Gloria Grahame's pretty young actress next door. The death of a young girlfriend of his hangs over him throughout the movie, as Graham at first believes him to be innocent, then later, having fallen for his charms, begins to suspect he may have had something to do with the girl's death after all, as his temper becomes more and more uncontrolled and frightening. The police circle around, making his nervous anger worse; the relationship begins to crumble into a mess of fear, lies and misunderstanding. Through all this Dixon Steele emerges as a great and brilliant creation, a highlight even in a career as illustrious as that of Bogart, a charming and witty man when happy, a black and vengeful man when roused to anger, a man of contradictions that only seems the more real, heroic, and ultimately tragic. Bogart's performance is brilliant, but the setting works well too, Grahame is great as the sassy girl he falls for, then frightens, the story chugs along at a fair lick, but allowing plenty of time for the many fun minor characters to develop well, and the script is a corker - wonderful stuff.

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