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½ September 18, 2017
Movie icon Humphrey Bogart plays well- known screenwriter Dixon Steele ordered to adapt a book into a screenplay. Instead of reading the book, he then asks and then pays a checkout girl he met by chance to explain the book to him as opposed to reading the book himself. The next morning, he is then escorted to the police station by a former accomplice and finds out that the check out girl he had paid to explain the book to him has now been murdered with Dix being the last person she was seen with. Gloria Grahame plays Laurel Gray as the young female neighbor who is able to prove his innocence. Part drama and part suspense.
½ June 20, 2017
It takes the viewer by surprise with a particular turn of events at the beginning of the movie, along Nicholas Ray's direction, is smoothly enough to craft an intense romantic-thriller, combining an intense script with the perfect chemistry and charisma of Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, resulting in a must-see classic.
May 11, 2017
This time round Bogey ain't no hero, in this film you simply have no idea of what he is capable of...a gripping Film Noir that is wonderfully directed by Nicholas Ray.

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.
Super Reviewer
½ March 20, 2017
Bogie plays a misunderstood artist who's a bit better than the typical Tinseltown hacks, who finally finds his Muse. Only it happens just as he is accused of murder. Can love find a way in a world w/o love? The work is okay, but the love angle is hard on the eyes, hard to believe. Nonetheless the commentary on the emotional stability of the creative persona is spot on and worth the investment.
½ December 5, 2016
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.
Super Reviewer
½ August 23, 2016
good but with an extremely dark outlook
½ July 5, 2016
The chumminess between the suspect, his girlfriend, the detective on the case and his wife stretches credibility. Without the stars and the great
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.
½ June 4, 2016
Oh man this movie is great. A movie about a man with anger issues. You find yourself asking so many questions and feeling a sense of insecurity in your own judgement. Not a movie that makes you feel good about life and people. I think that it really causes you to question your intuition about people. Really suspenseful. Deep message too. Overall, I recommend watching.
June 2, 2016
In a Lonely Place is a magnificent film noir of grey morality, heart-pounding suspense, and superb performances.
½ May 20, 2016
Arguably Bogart's best performance
January 28, 2016
Cruel, callous, sexy and tender in turn, In a Lonely Place is a maze of politics of every variety, where the stakes are uncertain and no one can really know anyone else. It's about scar tissue. Well, it's about a murder, but it's also about scar tissue. The two main characters are defined by their past.

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.
December 10, 2015
With a wonderful screenplay, and a combination of wit and sweet tension, Bogart takes this film places; places we never dreamed of on film
October 15, 2015
This is a great movie.
½ April 5, 2015
Interesting Humphrey Bogart crime-drama.

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.
December 19, 2014
"I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me." Humphrey Bogart darkest and probably best performance that violent and alcoholic screenwriter. Hollywood melodrama at finest.
November 26, 2014
Another fine acting performance by Bogart but the film didn't really work for me. Fun to see "Violet" from It's a Wonderful Life in another film though.
½ November 23, 2014
A letdown. The beginning was intriguing and had all the signs of another Humphrey Bogart classic, but it turns into a faulty romance-drama. I didn't care for it. (First and only viewing - 11/18/2014)
July 6, 2014
This is not one of Humphrey Bogart's better known films but it has grown considerably in reputation since its initial release and is now considered a classic. A friend recommended it. It's not perfect though it's definitely one of the better Bogat performances I've watched. I don't like the man much, this was cool though. Martha Stewart, as Mildred Atkinson, is a revelation. She's on screen for about ten minutes before she's murdered but she's an attractive ball of energy. The mystery surrounding her murder is supposedly the centre of the film but the plot quickly moves elsewhere, taking shots at Hollywood here, digging deep in the psyche of men's loneliness there. Proper melodrama. I haven't read the book but supposedly Nicholas Ray and his scriptwriters took liberties with the original novel by Dorothy B. Hughes and actually improved on it. I haven't read the novel, I don't know if they improved it, but I know they changed a lot of things, including the end twist. The film was released in 1950, same year as All About Eve and Sunset Boulevard. A bit like releasing an album in 1966. So its nowhere near those two masterpieces but I'm glad I've watched it. My copy includes a 20 minute retrospective documentary presented by Curtis Hanson which is infomative.
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