One of the great films noirs, Nicholas Ray’s In A Lonely Place also offers audiences the chance to see Humphrey Bogart in one of his finest performances.
He plays Dixon Steele, a washed up screenwriter in desperate need of a hit when his agent suggests that he adapt a popular novel. Rather than actually read the book, he persuades a nightclub hatcheck girl to go home with him and explain its plot, after which he dismisses her. When she is found murdered the following day, Steele is the prime suspect, but his new neighbour Laurel (Gloria Grahame) provides an alibi as she witnessed the woman leave.
While she and Dixon fall in love, he is prone to outbursts of extreme, irrational anger which terrify her and ultimately lead her to wonder if he did in fact commit the murder.
(Notes by Kevin Coyne.)
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