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In a Lonely Place (1950)

US 94m, B&W
Director: Nicholas Ray; Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Martha Stewart

LonelyPlaceBased on the 1947 Dorothy Hughes novel of the same name, In a Lonely Place is a both a film noir murder mystery and a comment on Hollywood fame. As a struggling screenwriter with a violent temper and a passion for murder, “Dix” Steele becomes a suspect in a crime not unlike one he might write for one of his own movies. When his passions get the better of him, his fiancée suspects that he may be actually be the man police is looking for in this simple, yet engaging story (Klaus Ming June 2014).

6 comments on “In a Lonely Place (1950)

  1. Thom Hickey

    Thanks. Love Gloria Grahame in this! Regards Thom.

  2. Anthony Lee Collins

    Great movie. Bogart at his best, excellent cast, great screenplay (you never quite know how it’s going to end until it does) — this should be as famous as Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.

    • Klaus

      I agree. I had no idea how this one was going to end up.

      A very enjoyable and engaging film, though I don’t think it has the style of Casablanca or the Maltese Falcon (which i think comes from the supporting cast in both cases, and which I think has set them apart.

  3. Hoosier X

    Gloria Grahame should have been charged with grand theft movie for stealing every scene in this movie.

    “I said I liked your face. I didn’t say I wanted to kiss it.”

    Dix Steele: “Did you heard what he called me!?”
    Laurel: “Blind, knuckle-headed squirrel. That’s real bad.”

    OK. Bogart was good too. This is one of my picks for best performance of his entire career.

    • Klaus

      Great lines. A movie definitely worth revisiting.

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