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In a Lonely Place

Nicholas Ray

To coincide with new release Films Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool, an adaptation of Peter Turner’s memoir about his romance with Gloria Grahame, we are thrilled to shine a light on two of her greatest performances: The Big Heat and In a Lonely Place.

"One of the great doomed love stories in American cinema..."

When Dixon Steele (Humphrey Bogart), a lonely Hollywood screenwriter, is accused of murder, his next-door-neighbour Laurel (Gloria Grahame) offers him a fake alibi. A relationship soon develops, but Laurel cannot be sure that Dixon did not commit the crime, and his dark side and violent temper soon start to surface.

One of the great doomed love stories in American cinema and a poisoned-pen letter to Hollywood, In a Lonely Place is also pure film noir in look, mood and atmosphere. It may also be the finest two hours of its two stars and its director, the great Nicholas Ray.