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In a Lonely Place
     

In a Lonely Place

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Director: Nicholas Ray,

Cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy

 

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A haunting work of stark confessionalism disguised as a taut noir thriller, In a Lonely Place -- Nicholas Ray's bleak, desperate tale of fear and self-loathing in Hollywood -- remains one of the filmmaker's greatest and most deeply resonant features. It stars Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele, a fading screenwriter suffering from creative burnout; hired to adapt

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A haunting work of stark confessionalism disguised as a taut noir thriller, In a Lonely Place -- Nicholas Ray's bleak, desperate tale of fear and self-loathing in Hollywood -- remains one of the filmmaker's greatest and most deeply resonant features. It stars Humphrey Bogart as Dixon Steele, a fading screenwriter suffering from creative burnout; hired to adapt a best-selling novel, instead of reading the book itself he asks the hat-check girl (Martha Stewart) at his favorite nightclub to simply tell him the plot. The morning after, the girl is found brutally murdered, and Steele is the police's prime suspect; however, the would-be starlet across the way, Laurel Gray (Gloria Grahame), provides him with a solid alibi, and they soon begin a romance in spite of Gray's lingering concerns that the troubled, violent Steele might just be a killer after all. During production, Ray's real-life marriage to co-star Grahame began to crumble, and his own vulnerability and disillusionment clearly inform the picture; the brooding, bitter Steele -- a role ideally suited to Bogart's wounded romanticism -- is plainly a doppelganger for Ray himself (the site of his first Hollywood apartment is even employed as the set for Steele's home), and the film's unflinching examination of the character's disintegration makes for uniquely compelling viewing.

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All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
Produced by Humphrey Bogart's Santana Productions, Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place (1950) uses a murder mystery to delve into the questionable side of Hollywood violence and the potentially dangerous turmoil beneath Bogart's tough surface. Bogart's troubling performance as a man who seems to enjoy imagining murders of women a bit too much lends an eerie edge to his relationship with Gloria Grahame's starlet Laurel Gray, rendering Dix an all-too-believable suspect in another woman's murder. Even as Andrew Solt's screenplay suggests possible reasons for Dix's isolation and distress, it eschews pat conclusions about Dix's "artistic temperament" as a screenwriter. Ray's jittery, ominous, film noir style instead suggests that Dix's potential violence comes from within, with Hollywood as both an outlet and an excuse for lethal male fantasies. Whether seen as a reflection of Ray's then-disintegrating marriage to the put-upon Grahame or as an interrogation of Bogart's cool Philip Marlowe/Sam Spade persona, In a Lonely Place presents one of the darkest portraits of Hollywood in a period haunted by the Communist blacklist and the studios' financial uncertainty.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/10/2016
UPC:
0715515176712
Original Release:
1950
Rating:
NR
Source:
Criterion
Region Code:
A
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Time:
1:33:00
Sales rank:
19,455

Special Features

New 2k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack; New Audio Commentary featuring film scholar Dana Polan; I'm A Stranger Here Myself, a 1975 documentary about Director Nicholas Ray, slightly condensed for this release; New interview with biographer Vincent Curcio about actor Gloria Grahame; Piece from 2002 featuring filmmaker Curtis Hanson; Radio adaptation from 1948 of the original Dorothy B. Hughes novel, broadcast on the program Suspense; Trailer; Plus: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Humphrey Bogart Dixon Steele
Gloria Grahame Laurel Gray
Frank Lovejoy Brub Nicolai
Carl Benton Reid Capt. Lochner
Robert Warwick Charlie Waterman
Jeff Donnell Sylvia Nicolai
Art Smith Mel Lippman
Martha Stewart Mildred Atkinson
Morris Ankrum Lloyd Barnes
William Ching Ted Barton
Steven Geray Paul
Hadda Brooks Singer
Alice Talton Frances Randolph
Jack Reynolds Henry Kesler
Ruth Warren Effie
Ruth Gillette Martha
Guy Beach Swan
Lewis Howard Junior
Laura Brooks Actor
Michael Romanoff Himself
Jack Jahries Officer
Evelyn Underwood Actor
Arno Frey Joe
Pat Barton 2nd Hatcheck Girl
Cosmo Sardo Bartender
Billy Gray Young Boy
David Bond Dr. Richards
Myron Healey Post Office Clerk
Robert Lowell Airline Clerk
Jack Santoro Person
Frank Marlowe Person
Hazel Boyne Person
Mike Lally Person
John Mitchum Person
Joy Hallward Person
Allen Pinson Person
Oliver Cross Person
June Vincent Person
Charles Cane Person
George Davis Waiter
Davis Roberts Person

Technical Credits
Nicholas Ray Director
Rodney Amateau Consultant/advisor
George Antheil Score Composer
Earl Bellamy Asst. Director
Clay Campbell Makeup
Burnett Guffey Cinematographer
Henry S. Kesler Associate Producer
William Kiernan Set Decoration/Design
Viola Lawrence Editor
Robert Lord Producer
Jean Louis Costumes/Costume Designer
Edmund H. North Screenwriter
Robert A. Peterson Art Director
Andrew Solt Screenwriter
Morris W. Stoloff Musical Direction/Supervision

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In a Lonely Place 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
a good plot noir. Bogart in a caracter that is his more himself in real life than any other. and hreat direction.
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