In a Lonely Place (1950) - Rotten Tomatoes

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In a Lonely Place (1950)



Critic Consensus: Led by extraordinary performances from Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, In a Lonely Place is a gripping noir of uncommon depth and maturity.

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Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hatcheck 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 needs, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt and Steele's inner demons come between them?

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Humphrey Bogart
as Dixon Steele
Gloria Grahame
as Laurel Gray
Carl Benton Reid
as Capt. Lochner
Frank Lovejoy
as Det. Sgt. Brub Nicolai
Art Smith
as Mel Lippman
Jeff Donnell
as Sylvia Nicolai
Martha Stewart
as Mildred Atkinson
Robert Warwick
as Charlie Waterman
Morris Ankrum
as Lloyd Barnes
William Ching
as Ted Barton
Alice Talton
as Frances Randolph
Jack Reynolds
as Henry Kesler
Pat Barton
as Hatcheck Girl No. 2
Cosmo Sardo
as Bartender
Don Hanin
as Young Driver
Billy Gray
as Young Boy
Melinda Erickson
as Tough Girl
Jack Jahries
as Officer
David Bond
as Dr. Richards
Myron Healey
as Post Office Clerk
Robert Lowell
as Airline Clerk
Davis Roberts
as Flower Shop Employee
Laura Kasley Brooks
as Lady Wanting Matches
Frank Marlowe
as Parking Attendant
Michael Lally
as Bar Patron
John Mitchum
as Bar Patron
June Vincent
as Actress in Convertible
Charles Cane
as Angry Husband in Convertible
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Critic Reviews for In a Lonely Place

All Critics (47) | Top Critics (12)

In a Lonely Place isn't so much a straightforward thriller as it is a poignant psychological study of a person and a milieu, veiled as an atmospheric noir.

February 25, 2020 | Full Review…

Humphrey Bogart's world-weariness and romanticism take on something brutal and misogynist in this 1950 noir masterpiece directed by Nicholas Ray - and it's a marvellous performance by Gloria Grahame.

November 22, 2017 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

Few movies suggest such a forthright flaying of their director's soul.

November 24, 2014 | Full Review…

The genre trappings of this noir masterpiece don't matter a whit. There's a murder and a mystery, but whodunnit? is just the punch line to the gut.

November 17, 2011 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…

The grayest, most morally ambiguous of film noirs -- and arguably the most self-reflexive.

July 15, 2009 | Full Review…

Ray wrings plenty of sweat from the Hitchcockian premise, and Bogart outdoes himself as a man mid-breakdown.

October 23, 2007 | Rating: 5/5 | Full Review…
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Audience Reviews for In a Lonely Place


Bogie plays a misunderstood artist who's a bit better than the typical Tinseltown hacks, who finally finds his Muse. Only it happens just as he is accused of murder. Can love find a way in a world w/o love? The work is okay, but the love angle is hard on the eyes, hard to believe. Nonetheless the commentary on the emotional stability of the creative persona is spot on and worth the investment.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


good but with an extremely dark outlook

jay nixon
jay nixon

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Bogart is frightening in Nicholas Ray's masterpiece.

Graham Jones
Graham Jones

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