Screenwriter Violence: In A Lonely Place

The 1950 film “In A Lonely Place” starring Humphrey Bogart as cynical Hollywood screenwriter Dixon Steele and Gloria Grahame as his neighbor Laurel Gray features what is arguably Bogart’s best performance. Directed by Nicholas Ray (Grahame’s husband at the time) the film delves into the latent violence, isolation and paranoia of Bogart’s Steele as he is suspected of killing a girl last seen leaving his apartment and is provided an alibi by Grahame, who he becomes involved with. Produced by Bogart’s own production company, Santana Productions, Bogart obviously thought this complex role and the film was a good fit for him. He was right.


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