In a Lonely Place

In a Lonely Place

Nicholas Ray (1950)

89min
A Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This dark, gripping film noir is one of the best dramas ever made about the movie industry. Humphrey Bogart stars as the jaded, heavy-drinking Hollywood screenwriter who becomes the prime suspect in the murder of hat-check girl Martha Stewart. In one of the roles of his career, Bogart is both sympathetic and sinister at the same time, a complex character teetering on the brink of destruction. His co-star and soulmate here is Gloria Grahame, then director Nicholas Ray's wife, though the part was specifically written for Bogart's wife, Lauren Bacall, whom Warner Bros refused to loan out.

Summary

A quick-tempered screenwriter becomes chief suspect in the murder of a nightclub cloakroom attendant who was seen leaving his house. A sympathetic neighbour agrees to provide him with an alibi, but her growing doubts over his innocence drive him to violence. Film noir suspense thriller, based on the novel by Dorothy B Hughes, with Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy and Carl Benton Reid.

Cast & Crew

Dixon Steele Humphrey Bogart
Laurel Gray Gloria Grahame
Brub Nicolai Frank Lovejoy
Captain Lochner Carl Benton Reid
Mel Lippman Art Smith
Sylvia Nicolai Jeff Donnell
Mildred Atkinson Martha Stewart
Charlie Waterman Robert Warwick
Lloyd Barnes Morris Ankrum
Ted Barton William Ching
Director Nicholas Ray
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Other Information

Language: EnglishBlack and whiteTheatrical distributor: Columbia Picture Corp. LtdAvailable on: video, DVD and Blu-ray
Drama