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In a Lonely Place Details


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. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

  • Release date:May 17, 1950


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


Nicholas Ray
Robert Lord
Edmund H. North
Burnett Guffey
Morris W. Stoloff
Musical Direction/Supervision
Viola Lawrence
William Kiernan
Set Designer
Jean Louis
Costume Designer
Earl Bellamy
First Assistant Director
Rodney Amateau