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In a Lonely Place (1950)



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Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck 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 needs, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt and Steele's inner demons come between them?more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Romance, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Andrew Solt, Edmund H. North
In Theaters:
On DVD: Mar 18, 2003
Columbia Pictures


Humphrey Bogart
as Dixon Steele
Gloria Grahame
as Laurel Gray
Carl Benton Reid
as Capt. Lochner
Frank Lovejoy
as Det. Sgt. Brub Nicol...
Art Smith
as Mel Lippman
Jeff Donnell
as Sylvia Nicolai
Martha Stewart
as Mildred Atkinson
Robert Warwick
as Charlie Waterman
Morris Ankrum
as Lloyd Barnes
William Ching
as Ted Barton
Alice Talton
as Frances Randolph
Jack Reynolds
as Henry Kesler
Pat Barton
as Hatcheck Girl No. 2
Cosmo Sardo
as Bartender
Don Hanin
as Young Driver
Billy Gray
as Young Boy
Melinda Erickson
as Tough Girl
Jack Jahries
as Officer
David Bond
as Dr. Richards
Myron Healey
as Post Office Clerk
Robert Lowell
as Airline Clerk
Davis Roberts
as Flower Shop Employee
Laura Kasley Brooks
as Lady Wanting Matches
Frank Marlowe
as Parking Attendant
Michael Lally
as Bar Patron
John Mitchum
as Bar Patron
June Vincent
as Actress in Convertib...
Charles Cane
as Angry Husband in Con...
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Critic Reviews for In a Lonely Place

All Critics (35) | Top Critics (8)

Few movies suggest such a forthright flaying of their director's soul.

Full Review… | November 24, 2014
New Yorker
Top Critic

The grayest, most morally ambiguous of film noirs -- and arguably the most self-reflexive.

Full Review… | July 15, 2009
Village Voice
Top Critic

It's a breathtaking work, and a key citation in the case for confession as suitable material for art.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Director Nicholas Ray maintains nice suspense. Bogart is excellent. Gloria Grahame, as his romance, also rates kudos.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

Never were despair and solitude so romantically alluring.

Full Review… | June 24, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

A superior cut of melodrama.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for In a Lonely Place


verrrry good

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

Bogart is frightening in Nicholas Ray's masterpiece.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

Super Reviewer

An indictment of Hollywood, a subversion of the romanticism associated with Hollywood, and the story of the plight of an aging writer who desires to remain true to himself and control his demons. Nicholas Ray's film is truly unlike most noirs I have ever seen. It features one of Bogart's best performances, and one of the best endings I could have imagined for a film such as this.

Reid Volk

Super Reviewer

In a Lonely Place Quotes

Brub Nicolai: Dixon taught me more about that case in 5 minutes than we had figured out in weeks.
– Submitted by George P (2 years ago)
Dixon Steele: There is no sacrifice too great for a chance at immortality."
– Submitted by Kate S (5 years ago)
Dixon Steele: I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.
– Submitted by Chris P (5 years ago)

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