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In a Lonely Place (1950)

Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Mystery | August 1950 (USA)
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A potentially violent screenwriter is a murder suspect until his lovely neighbor clears him. But she begins to have doubts.

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Nicholas Ray

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Andrew Solt (screenplay), Edmund H. North (adaptation) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Humphrey Bogart ... Dixon Steele
Gloria Grahame ... Laurel Gray
Frank Lovejoy ... Brub Nicolai
Carl Benton Reid ... Capt. Lochner
Art Smith ... Mel Lippman
Jeff Donnell ... Sylvia Nicolai
Martha Stewart ... Mildred Atkinson
Robert Warwick ... Charlie Waterman
Morris Ankrum ... Lloyd Barnes
William Ching ... Ted Barton
Steven Geray ... Paul
Hadda Brooks Hadda Brooks ... Singer
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Storyline

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? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

SUSPENSE... Mounting To An Exciting Surprise Finish! See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Behind the Mask See more »

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Box Office

Gross USA:

$1,375,000, 31 December 1950
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The film is included on Roger Ebert's "Great Movies" list. See more »

Goofs

In Dixon's apartment, after Mildred picks up the book from the floor, she holds it with her right hand with the front cover facing away from her, while keeping her purse in her left hand. Soon after, as Dixon approaches her, she moves her right hand toward the top of the book with the cover still facing away. The next shot suddenly shows her left hand resting on top of her right hand, which is back toward the bottom of the book, and the book's front cover is now facing towards her. See more »

Quotes

Frances Randolph: Remember how I used to read to you?
Dixon Steele: Uh huh. Since then, I've learned to read by myself.
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Referenced in Charade (1984) See more »

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Either It's Love or It Isn't
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Written by Doris Fisher and Allan Roberts
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Fantastic film with Bogart at his very best. Gloria Grahame also gives one of her best performances.
29 November 2004 | by zetesSee all my reviews

The story concerns a Hollywood screenwriter (Bogart) who is suspected of being a murderer. Grahame, a neighbor, steps in to defend him – she saw the murdered woman leave his apartment alone. Afterwards, they begin a relationship. But Bogart's nature is a violent one, and that violence keeps pushing forward. It makes Grahame rethink her earlier testimony, as well as fear for her own safety. It's quite a unique film for the time, one that actually deals with the possibility of an abusive man. Everything is perfectly done, and the script is wonderful. The film's tagline was 'The Bogart suspense picture with a surprise ending!' What is surprising about the ending is just how much weight it carries. 9/10.


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