Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hat-check 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 needed, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt, and Steele’s inner demons come between them? —IMDb
Born in small-town Wisconsin in 1911, Nicholas Ray’s early experience with film came with some radio broadcasting in high school. He left the University of Chicago after a year, but made such an impression on his professor and writer Thorton Wilder that he was recommended for a scholarship with Frank Lloyd Wright, where he learned the importance of space and geography, not to mention his later love for CinemaScope. When political differences came between the seasoned architect and his young protégé, Ray left for New York and became immersed in the radical theater. He joined the Theater of Action and later the Group Theater, which is where he met his good friend Elia Kazan. Times were tough and money was tight, but Ray loved the bohemian lifestyle of the close-knit group and enjoyed one of the happiest times of his life. Anybody who met him always noted his intellect and amazing energy. During this period he, along with his fellow Theater Group members, was also active in Socialist/Communist… read more
Refreshingly straightforward; doesn't fall victim to reductive genre formulas/cheap thrills. Watching it for the noir murder mystery? You'll be so engrossed in the characters' relationships that the off-screen resolution of that plot line won't be of much import. Thematically the film is still contemporary, but it is occasionally dated by saccharine '50s sentimentality. Loved the use of the Nicolais and the masseuse.
The various international posters for Bogart and Grahame’s doomed romance.
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Above: Gloria Grahame and Humphrey Bogart. I was born when she kissed me, I died when she left me, I lived a few weeks when she loved me
Dixon Steele. What a wonderful name—what a wonderfully preposterous name—to bestow upon a fictional writer. To bestow, particularly, on this
Nick Rays fifth feature as a director established him as a legitimate “cause celebre”. In a Lonely Place strikes all the pertinent chords of the Film Noir genre violence, romance, tragedy. Dixon Steele… read review
Dix Steele se ve pésimo. Su cara parece haber sido víctima no solo del paso del tiempo, sino también de una brigada de fracasos, uno mas doloroso que el otro, que terminaron constiuyendo un… read review
“It’s sad to fall asleep. It separates people. Even when you’re sleeping together, you’re all alone.”- Patricia (Jean Serberg in ‘Breathless’
At first ‘In A Lonely Place’ plays out like any… read review