Columbia Pictures released In a Lonely Place on May 17, 1950. Nicholas Ray directed the film which starred Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, and Frank Lovejoy.
‘In a Lonely Place’ Movie Summary
The film In a Lonely Place begins with a somewhat over the hill Hollywood screenwriter named Dixon “Dix” Steele looking for his first hit movie since before the war. As Dix drives to a nightclub to meet his agent, Mel Lippman, he gets in an argument with another motorist in a little road rage spat. We learn that Dix teeters between his mild-mannered disposition and a violent temper. Anyone who knows Dix constantly walks on eggshells with him.
Once at the nightclub, Mel gives him a book he wants Dix to adapt into a movie. The hat-check girl named Mildred Atkinson is busy reading the book, and she asks Dix if she can have a few minutes to finish reading it before she hands it over to him. Not enthusiastic about the job, he obliges her request.
While Dix waits with Mel and his friend Charlie, a brash young director begins bad mouthing Charlie because he’s a washed up actor and drunk. For a second time in this brief opening, we witness Dix’ erratic behavior and violent temper. He attempts to punch out the director before everyone breaks the two up.
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