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In A Lonely Place

Also screens on 1.18.17 in In Focus: Hollywood Outsiders


Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Art Smith,

Ray must have been after the corrosive core of doubt and mistrust at the center of Dorothy B. Hughes’s most pathological novel (1947) when he took on Andrew Solt’s terrific adaptation. Hughes’s riveting story about Dix Steele, a serial killer trolling the streets of Los Angeles for women, was discarded like one of the novel’s many victims. Still, this repurposing of Dix (Humphrey Bogart) as a faltering Hollywood scriptwriter with anger management problems churns up the same unsettling suspicions for those around him. Dix falls deeply for his neighbor (Gloria Grahame), and Ray plays his bipolar moods off of each other, a brand of wracked romance that is equal measures love and fear.

Steve Seid
  • Andrew Solt
Based On
  • the novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, adapted by Edmund H. North

  • Burnett Guffey
Print Info
  • B&W
  • 35mm
  • 94 mins
  • Sony Pictures

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The cinema is Nicholas Ray (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 2003

Jump cuts : In a lonely place (review), Village Voice, J. Hoberman, 2003

In a lonely place (program note), Cinematheque Ontario/a division of Toronto International Film Festival Group, James Quandt, 1999

No silencio da noite (program note), Sao Paulo International Film Festival, 1987

Revivals in focus (review), Village Voice, Tom Allen, 1987

In a lonely place (program note), Mary Pickford Theater (Library of Congress, Washington, D.C.), 1985

The films of Nicholas Ray (program note), Pacific Film Archive, 1973

In a lonely place (review), Variety, Mike Wear, 1950

In a lonely place (program note)

In a lonely place (program note), Pacific Film Archive Calendar

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