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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. However, she soon starts to have her doubts.

Director:

Nicholas Ray

Writers:

Andrew Solt (screenplay), Edmund H. North (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Dixon Steele
Gloria Grahame ... Laurel Gray
Frank Lovejoy ... Brub Nicolai
Carl Benton Reid ... Capt. Lochner
Art Smith ... Mel Lippman
Jeff Donnell ... Sylvia Nicolai
Martha Stewart ... Mildred Atkinson
Robert Warwick ... Charlie Waterman
Morris Ankrum ... Lloyd Barnes
William Ching ... Ted Barton
Steven Geray ... Paul
Hadda Brooks Hadda Brooks ... Singer
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Storyline

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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SUSPENSE... Mounting To An Exciting Surprise Finish! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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The pianist and singer in the film is Hadda Brooks. While she originally came to prominence with boogie woogie, she was best known for ballads and, unusual for singers of her day, she wrote many of her own songs. She continued to perform into the 1990s. See more »

Goofs

When Dixon is driving erratically with Laurel Gray; the footage of trees shown on the rear projection screen behind the car keeps repeating as if on a loop. See more »

Quotes

Capt. Lochner: Why didn't you call for a cab? Isn't that what a gentleman usually does under the circumstances?
Dixon Steele: Oh I didn't say I was a gentleman. I said I was tired.
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Referenced in Barton Fink (1991) 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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Bogart and Grahame Are Great
4 July 2005 | by drednmSee all my reviews

Very adult film about a surly Hollywood writer, a would be actress, and a murder. Among the very best Bogart performances, yet this film is practically unknown. Top notch acting across the board. Bogart and Grahame are a terrific team (she is the designing actress), but also good are Frank Lovejoy, Jeff Donnell (as his wife), Martha Stewart (no not that one) as the murder victim, Art Smith as the agent, and Robert Warwick (just wonderful) as the washed-up actor. Everything in the story revolves around Hollywood and movie making, but this is NOT really a film about Hollywood; it's a murder mystery. Great script is full of memorable lines, and all the supporting actors are sharp. Ruth Warren is funny as the maid, and Ruth Gillette is really spooky as the masseuse. Carl Benton Reid is the Lieutenant, and William Ching another officer. But the center is Bogart's harsh, unrelenting character. His Dixon Steele must rank with his best characters. And we never get to know him, nor is there any apology for his toughness. He seems almost psychotic--very rare for the hero of the 1950s movie. This also rates as one of Grahame's best performances. A truly unique Hollywood movie all round. In a Lonely Place still rates as an undiscovered gem.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1950 (USA) See more »

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Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$21,493
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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