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In a Lonely Place 1950
NR

  • Nicholas Ray
  • May 17, 1950
  • 94 mins
  • English
  • Drama, Mystery, Thriller
The Bogart suspense picture with the surprise finish -
Dixon 'Dix' Steele, a down-on-his-luck screenwriter needs to adapt a trashy novel. At a night club, the hat-check girl, Mildred Atkinson is engrossed reading it. Too tired to read the novel, he asks Mildred to go home with him, to explain the plot. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect, his record of violence when angry goes against him.

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Brilliant dialogue, and the Criterion rework is worth the price of the film by itself; the story felt a bit contrived towards the end, but perhaps I felt that due to often seeing Bogie in films where the dialogue has been supreme. It's a good thing, this film. I wonder how it'd played with Bacall as the female lead.

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The year before his Oscar winning performance in The African Queen, In a Lonely Place delivers one of Bogart's finest performances; dark and complex.

Gloria Grahame is gorgeous and her performance equally stunning. She stands toe to toe with one of the greatest actors of Hollywood's Golden Age and never faulters.

Text book Film Noir, In a Lonely place should not be missed by fans of the genre.

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