In a Lonely Place [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1950]

  • SKU: 30713232
  • Release Date: 05/10/2016
  • Rating: NR
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Overall Customer Rating:
100% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2 out of 2)

Special Features

  • I'm A Stranger Here Myself, a 1975 documentary about Director Nicholas Ray, slightly condensed for this release
  • New 2k digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New Audio Commentary featuring film scholar Dana Polan
  • New interview with biographer Vincent Curcio about actor Gloria Grahame
  • Piece from 2002 featuring filmmaker Curtis Hanson
  • Plus: An essay by critic Imogen Sara Smith
  • Radio adaptation from 1948 of the original Dorothy B. Hughes novel, broadcast on the program Suspense
  • Trailer


In a Lonely Place
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

Cast & Crew

  • Humphrey Bogart
    Humphrey Bogart - Dixon Steele
  • Gloria Grahame
    Gloria Grahame - Laurel Gray
  • Frank Lovejoy
    Frank Lovejoy - Brub Nicolai
  • Carl Benton Reid
    Carl Benton Reid - Capt. Lochner
  • Robert Warwick
    Robert Warwick - Charlie Waterman

Customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    In a Lonely Place - AFI Top 100 Movie


    A great movie with excellent acting and a script that is as sharp as the two leads. Gloria is glorious as an actress and to see - one the most underrated actresses. They have the same spark as Bogart and Bacall. Ending is a logical conclusion but emotionally unsatisfying. It has the "life is pain, anyone telling you otherwise is selling something" view of life.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Humphrey Bogart's best role.

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    Humphrey Bogart's best role. He plays against type as a screenwriter with a really bad temper.

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