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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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Complete credited cast:
... Dixon Steele
... Laurel Gray
... Brub Nicolai
... Capt. Lochner
... Mel Lippman
... Sylvia Nicolai
... Mildred Atkinson
... Charlie Waterman
... Lloyd Barnes
... Ted Barton
... Paul
Hadda Brooks ... Singer
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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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Look Deep Into These Eyes! Is It Love, Hate Or Murder? They're The Eyes Of Humphrey Bogart In A Lonely Place. See more »


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August 1950 (USA)  »

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$1,375,000, 31 December 1950
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1.37 : 1
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Gloria Grahame and husband and Director Nicholas Ray quietly separated during filming, keeping it a secret for fear that one of them would be replaced. Ray slept on the studio set, saying that he needed to work late on preparation for the remainder of the film. It worked, and nobody suspected that their marriage was on the rocks. See more »

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When Dixon and Laurel are in his car leading up to when he side-swipes another car, his left hand side window is not up. After the accident, when the other driver walks up to confront him, his side window is up. See more »

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Dixon Steele: You annoy me!
Laurel Gray: If I do, it isn't intentional.
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Featured in The Girl on the Late, Late Show (1974) See more »

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Either It's Love or It Isn't
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Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
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One of Nicholas Ray's best movies with brilliant performances from Bogart and Grahame.
6 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Nicholas Ray is a director who has almost been forgotten these days, despite making brilliant movies like 'They Live By Night', 'On Dangerous Ground', 'Johnny Guitar' and 'Rebel Without A Cause', and numbering Martin Scorsese and Wim Wenders among his fans (the latter even gave him a small role in his 'The American Friend'). 'In A Lonely Place' could be Ray's best. It's a fascinating movie that mixes drama, suspense and romance in a very interesting way. You could call it Noir I suppose, but it's a very difficult movie to tie down. Humphrey Bogart plays a bitter, hard drinking and frequently violent screen writer who becomes a murder suspect when a young girl (Martha Stewart) is killed. Gloria Grahame ('Crossfire', 'The Big Set Up') is a neighbour who supplies him with an alibi. This odd way of meeting leads into a romance. At first everything is wonderful, and Bogart is even writing again, but bit by bit Grahame starts to see his dark side and begins to fear him, even suspecting that he may have been involved in the murder after all. I don't think I've ever seen Bogart better. It's a terrific performance, and while his character can be charming at times he's also surprisingly unlikeable and intense (we are told he broke an old girlfriend's nose, for example. Imagine Mel Gibson or Brad Pitt doing that in a movie today and still being the romantic lead!). Grahame pulls off a difficult role too, being torn between love and terror. They both make a great team. Such a pity they never worked together after this. I also liked Frank Lovejoy ('House Of Wax', 'The Hitch-Hiker') who plays Bogart's cop buddy. 'In A Lonely Place' is a movie not to be overlooked. I thought it was superb entertainment.


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