Quickie: In a Lonely Place (1950)

Just like Rebel Without a Cause, Ray knows how to put on an incessantly interesting show. And, just like Rebel Without A Cause, the movie is led by one seriously legendary performance, this time around effectuated by icon Humphrey Bogart, and this time around about a man called Dix who is a killer(?), a friend(?), a foe(?), who knows! Wait. Make that two seriously legendary performances! Gloria Grahame as distraught to be wife Laurel Gray, is arguably a recital uniform to Bogart’s. Sprinkle some beastly resolute writing and voila(!), you have yourselves an unpredictable, ageless classic.

In a Lonely Place always kept me guessing and that’s all I could ever crave when screening these old-timey, highbrow murder mysteries. And yes, the finale is as good and as shocking as the poster states it is. Probably better than it states it is, actually. It-dismantles-you-directly-in-the-heart-why-why-why-why-why-why-why-why…

Verdict: A-  

“In a Lonely Place” is now available to rent and buy on Vudu, Amazon Prime, YouTube, iTunes, and Google Play.

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