In a Lonely Place Reviews
Dixon Steele (Bogart) is a Hollywood Writer that has a girl come read a story to him in his home & then on her way home is murdered.
Naturally Dix is initially blamed but after a female interest & neighbor vouches for him all is good...until she get's to know him & starts second guessing.
Saw this on 5/12/16
It may not be as famous as Bogart's other noir films, but it among the cream of the Hollywood classics. Bogart's performance along with that of Gloria Grahame is laudable. The film's narrative and direction are spot on and it interweaves itself among various genres. This is a classic that is not to be missed and it will be a pleasant surprise for Bogart fans.
direction, this would have made a two-bit piece of pulp fiction . The violent reputation of the hero and the fear those around him feel is an unusual premise.
Dixon Steele was an army commanding officer who killed men in a bloody and brutal war, and seems to yearn to get back to that state of mind, despite living a posh life as a writer in LA.
Laurel Grey is a woman who thinks she has escaped from her abusive relationship, but is still defined by it.
When the two get entangled, they begin sweet, but quickly the "scars," still raw and inflamed, rub against each other and the film does a smooth and easy job of showing the painful results.
Grade A+ Noir.
Novel plot: man (Dixon Steele, played by Humphrey Bogart) with a history of violence is accused of murder, female neighbour (Laurele Gray, played by Gloria Grahame) helps clear his name, they fall in love but she comes to be wary of his violent temper and thinks he may well have committed the murder. Had the makings of a great psychological- and crime-drama.
However, the plot is not perfect. The relationship between Steele and Gray seemed rushed, contrived and implausible. It just seemed very unlikely that she would rush into a relationship with such a man, and maintain it after seeing what he is capable of. Especially as her character was one of cool calculation and rationality.
Good ending, but not as profound as what it could have been. It was the logical ending, and that's about it.
Solid performance by Humphrey Bogart in the lead role. Good to see him play a fallible, vulnerable, far-from-perfect character. Certainly not the good guy or hero in the movie, unlike many of his roles.