In a Lonely Place, directed by Nicholas Ray and starring Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame, was released in 1950 by Bogart’s Santana Productions. Andrew P. Solt adapted Edmund H. North’s adaptation of Dorothy B. Hughes’ 1947 novel of the same name into a screenplay.
Despite being less well-known than his other work, many reviewers regard Bogart’s performance as one of his best, and the film’s and Ray’s reputations have increased with time. It is now widely regarded as one of the best film noirs of all time, as indicated by its inclusion on Time Magazine’s ‘All-Time 100 Movies’ list, as well as Slant Magazine’s ‘100 Essential Films’ list, and its ranking as the first on ‘The 100 Best Film Noirs of All Time.’
Dixon Steele was once a brilliant screenwriter, but, like many others in his field, he’s struck a snag and hasn’t written a hit film in a long time. He seeks out hatcheck woman Mildred Atkinson to recount the narrative for him back at his apartment when he is tasked with turning a trashy novel into a hit picture.
Steele learns the next day that the same girl who had been at his apartment the night before, Mildred Atkinson, had been found dead that night. Steele is instantly pinned as the leading suspect of the murder due to the circumstances, as well as his short temper and violent habits.
When Steele falls for his gorgeous, albeit equally enigmatic, neighbor, Laurel Gray, the police’s attempts and suspicions complicate matters. Heartbreak, betrayal, and mystery are all present in this novel.