In a Lonely Place

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(1950, directed by Nicholas Ray)

- inducted 2016 –

“Nicholas Ray's In a Lonely Place (1950), for me, is the pinnacle of the anti-Hollywood movie. It dispenses with the glamour, decaying though it might be, of films like Sunset Boulevard and reminds us that those falls from such great heights are the exception. It's a crummy business, making movies, filled with hucksters, hustlers, liars and killers, and the real business gets done at ground level. There's nothing lofty about it.

“From the title on down, this film delivers on all of its promises. Humphrey Bogart was never better. He finally had a role, though it took him founding his own production company to get it, that allowed us to see what he was truly capable of, maybe even things he didn't mean to show us. Gloria Grahame rises to the occasion and proves to be his damaged equal. Nicholas Ray, separating from Grahame at the time, was operating at the peak of his powers, harnessing all that bad energy from his relationship imploding and doing frequent rewrites and improvisation that got down to the dark heart of the material.

“In retrospect, it really does seem like one of those instances of catching lightning in the world's most sad and turbulent bottle. It's a film that crawls all over me every time I watch it. It preys on the inherent voyeurism of my love of cinema. It impresses me with its honesty. I loathe the characters' weakness and how they are held in thrall by their own pitiable devices. It is poetic and bleak and crushing. In short, it's everything I love about cinema at the dark end of the street. Recommended if you like: never feeling good about anything ever again.”

~ Cole Roulain

Principal cast: Humphrey Bogart, Gloria Grahame, Frank Lovejoy, Carl Benton Reid, Art Smith, Jeff Donnell, Martha Stewart, Robert Warwick, Morris Ankrum, William Ching, Steven Geray, Hadda Brooks
Screenplay by Andrew Solt
Adaptation by Edmund H. North
Story by Dorothy B. Hughes
Produced by Henry S. Kesler
Associate producer: Robert Lord
Director of photography: Burnett Guffey
Art direction by Robert Peterson
Set decoration by William Kiernan
Gowns by Jean Louis
Film editing by Viola Lawrence
Musical score by George Antheil
Makeup by Clay Campbell
Hair stylist Helen Hunt
Sound by: Howard Fogetti (sound engineer)

Duration: 94 minutes
Languages: English
Filmed in black and white
Sound mix: Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Cinematographic process: Spherical
Aspect ratio: 1.37:1
Printed film format: 35mm

Columbia Pictures Corporation presents
A Santana Production
Released in USA by Columbia Pictures
Premiered in USA on 17 May 1950

Awards and honors:
- National Film Registry selection, 2007
- Selected as one of Roger Ebert’s “Great Movies,” 13 August 2009