in a lonely place (1950)
A Hollywood writer takes a coat-check girl home to read
him a story...
Dorothy B. Hughes (novel)
Edmund H. North (adaptation)
Carl Benton Reid
This is one of those films that lends support to calling film
noir more of a style than a genre - it doesn't have the dangerous
leading lady like conventional noir, but the style is there -
the shadows, the questions, the doubt, the filming. It's considered
film noir because of its tone, look and style rather than its
story. I think it's fantastic. Gloria Grahame and Humphrey Bogart are
great together. Just look at her face - you know she's no push-over.
And it's Bogart. You have to love him.
The basic plot: Bogart (Dixon Steele) is a writer who is under suspicion
for the murder of a girl he invited to his apartment. Grahame (Laurel
Gray) is the beautiful, yet somewhat mysterious neighbor who provides
his alibi - but does she really trust him?
THINGS I LOVE
He has an incredible onscreen presence. What more can I say, Bogart
is Bogart and any film is worth watching if it has him in it.
She is beautiful and classy with a voice that gets inside you. The perfect
complement in this film to Bogart.
walking in between Mildred Atkinson and Dixon Steele as she makes her
way to her apartment. The look between the her and Steele is fantastic.
his agent to believe that he did commit the murder. Very funny.
the murder to Nicolai and his wife - you have to love film noir's
obsession with abnormal psychology.
breakfast for Gray - the conversation surrounding what a love scene
should be. It's one of those scenes I will remember for a long time.
The final scene
with the police calling - SPOILER.
What is the
matter? Don't you like to talk anymore? - Frances Randolph
- Not to people who have my number. - Dixon Steele
I noticed him
because he looked interesting. I like his face. - Laurel Gray
I said I liked
it. I didn't say I wanted to kiss it. - Laurel
Go ahead and
get some sleep and we'll have dinner together tonight. - Dixon
- We'll have dinner tonight - but not together. - Laurel
It was his story
against mine, but of course, I told my story better. - Dixon
You annoy me.
- If I do, it isn't intentional. - Laurel
Nobody can call
me the things he did. - Dixon
- A blind, knuckle-headed squirrel. That's REAL bad. - Laurel
I came here because
I wanted to say these things out loud and be laughed at - but you're
not laughing. - Laurel
I loved the love
scene. It's very good. - Laurel
- Well, that's because they're not always telling each other how much
in love they are. A good love scene should be about something besides
love. For instance, this one, me fixing grapefruit; you sitting over
there dopey, half-asleep. Anyone looking at us could tell we were in
love. - Dixon
I lived a few
weeks while you loved me. - Laurel