in about 100 words or less
US 94m, B&W
Director: Nicholas Ray; Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Martha Stewart
Based 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).