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->''"I was born when she kissed me.\\
I died when she left me.\\
I lived a few weeks while she loved me."''

''In a Lonely Place'' is a 1950 film starring Creator/HumphreyBogart and Creator/GloriaGrahame, [[TheFilmOfTheBook adapted from]] a 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes, and directed by Creator/NicholasRay.

Bogart plays Dixon Steele, a Hollywood screenwriter who is commissioned to adapt a novel into a film. Too lazy to read the book, he invites the coat-check girl at his restaurant to his apartment to summarize the book for him. Hours after Steele sends her home, the girl is found murdered in a nearby ravine, and the police latch onto him as the prime suspect. Steele is given an alibi by his neighbor Laurel Gray (Grahame). After being released by the police, Steele strikes up a relationship with Gray, and they soon fall in love.

The police continue to investigate the murder, which puts a strain on their budding romance as Laurel is questioned again and learns about Dixon's history of violent incidents, making her unsure if he's really innocent. As Laurel grows wary of Dixon and he becomes suspicious of her behavior, the tension in their relationship reaches a breaking point.

A bleak thriller, ''In a Lonely Place'' is considered a classic of FilmNoir.

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!!Tropes:
* AcquittedTooLate: [[spoiler:A variation; no judicial consequences are at stake. The real murderer turns himself in anticlimactically, but Laurel and Dix's relationship has already fallen apart.]]
* AdaptationalHeroism: In the movie Dixon Steele, though violent, is only accused of being a murderer while in the book he is a serial killer and rapist. Ray changed this because he wanted Dixon and his psychological issues to have broader appeal and tone down the InsaneEqualsViolent nature of the original.
* AloneWithThePsycho: The final scene in which furious Dix confronts Laurel in her apartment.
* AmbiguousDisorder: Something is clearly wrong with Dixon.
* TheConfidant: Martha for Laurel.
* CrazyJealousGuy: Dix, as the film goes on.
* DearJohnLetter: Laurel writes one when she plans to leave for New York, but has to hide it.
* {{Deconstruction}}: This film is a reaction against other FilmNoir, deliberately moving away from crude murder plots to focus more on the relationship. Specifically, it subverts Bogart's own screen persona, showing how difficult that kind of person would be around and making it decidedly less glamorous.
* DisproportionateRetribution: Discussed after the road rage incident where Dix beat the other driver unconscious.
-->'''Dix:''' You heard what he called me.
-->'''Laurel''': That doesn't justify acting like a madman.
-->'''Dix''': Nobody can call me the things he did.
-->'''Laurel''': A blind, knuckle-headed squirrel. [[SarcasmMode That's real bad]].
* DoubleMeaningTitle: Apart from the TitleDrop, the movie also illustrates that Dixon Steele has painted himself back into a corner with his HairTriggerTemper.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: While the killer is caught, his victim is still dead, and nothing can bring her back. Dixon has also driven away everyone close to him, even Laurel.]]
* DuringTheWar: How Dixon Steele knew the detective Brub.
* FilmNoir: Dark atmosphere, constant suspicions, murder, HumphreyBogart... check.
* TheFriendNobodyLikes: Dix Steele is a tragic accurate version of this, someone who's too paranoid and embittered to be around for a great deal of time.
* FriendsRentControl: Dix is a screenwriter who hasn't had a hit in years, and Laurel has no known source of money except an alluded-to wealthy previous lover. Both have fairly nice apartments in Beverly Hills.
* GaussianGirl: Close-ups on Laurel often show her out-of-focus.
* HairTriggerTemper: Steele.
* HisOwnWorstEnemy: Dixon Steele is an embittered and disappointed man with an amazing capacity for self-destruction. By the end of the film, he ruins his friendships and the only good relationship he will ever have, and ends up all alone.
* IncriminatingIndifference: The police suspect Steele quickly due to the fact that he [[TheStoic barely reacts]] and even makes [[DeadpanSnarker a few sarcastic quips]] about the fact that a woman was murdered minutes after leaving his house.
-->'''Capt. Lochner:''' You're told that the girl you were with last night was found in Benedict Canyon, murdered. Dumped from a moving car. What's your reaction? Shock? Horror? Sympathy? No -- just petulance at being questioned. A couple of feeble jokes. You puzzle me, Mr. Steele.\\
'''Dix:''' Well, I grant you, the jokes could've been better, but I don't see why the rest should worry you -- that is, unless you plan to arrest me on lack of emotion.
* InNameOnly: The film is nothing like the novel, and all that is really carried over is the title, the names of the two main characters and Dix's vague occupation.
** Also happens in-story:
--->'''Dix:''' What's wrong with my script?\\
'''Mel:''' Nothing, but it's not the book. And that's what Brody asked for, a faithful adaptation.\\
'''Dix:''' The book was ''trash''!
* LackOfEmpathy: The cops assume that Dix lacks empathy as demonstrated in his cool attitude towards Mildred's death. However, in a scene after the investigation, Dix pays money to send flowers to Mildred's funeral, anonymously.
* LeaningOnTheFourthWall: Dixon Steele's attitude to the novel he's hired to adapt is a self-reference to Ray and screenwriter Andrew Holt's own feelings about Dorothy Hughes' original book. Steele's attempt to use the novel and write a more personal and meaningful story echoes Ray and Holt's attempts to take a pulp thriller and make something more intimate and personal.
* LooseLips: At the beach Sylvia brings up Laurel's second visit to the police station which was supposed to stay a secret. Dix gets furious and storms off.
* MeaningfulEcho: When Dix leaves Laurel at the end she cites a line from his script: "I lived a few weeks while you loved me."
* MostWritersAreWriters: The film starts out with Dixon being a down-on-his-luck screenwriter who has not had a hit "since before the war."
* TheMurderAfter: Though his meeting with the checkroom girl is entirely platonic, Steele falls under suspicion anyway.
* ObliviousGuiltSlinging: Laurel has just decided to leave Dix when he comes around to prepare breakfast and propose to her which puts her in an extremely uncomfortable spot.
* PrettyInMink: Laurel, several times.
* ShoutOut: ShoutOut/ToShakespeare. The drunken ClassicallyTrainedExtra who stumbles down the stairs in Steele's apartment quotes from Shakespeare's [[http://shakespeare-online.com/sonnets/29.html Sonnet 29]].
* SociopathicSoldier: It's implied that Steele was like this when he served in World War II.
* StuffedIntoTheFridge: An UnbuiltTrope but the main reason the original ending of the book was changed by the director and writer was to avert this:
--> '''Nicholas Ray''': ''"I just couldn't believe the ending that Bundy (screenwriter Andrew Solt) and I had written... Romances don't have to end that way. Marriages don't have to end that way, they don't have to end in violence."''
* StylisticSuck: The book Steele is supposed to adapt sounds just as melodramatic and boring to the audience as it does to him.
* ThereAreNoTherapists: How different Dixon's life could have been with the help of therapy. Nicholas Ray suggested that at the end, Dix might officially go seek help, implying that he had been too proud to go to a shrink before.
* ThisIsAWorkOfFiction: The opening credits read "The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional."
* TitleDrop: When Steele is discussing how the crime could have been committed.
-->''"You get to a lonely place in the road, and you begin to squeeze..."''
* TragicHero: With Dixon's condition he is bound to stay in a lonely place for all his life.
* WackyMarriageProposal: Not so much wacky as out-of-nowhere and ''incredibly'' uncomfortable.
* WagTheDirector: In-universe example, brought up in conversation early on:
-->'''Mildred''': Before I worked at Paul's, I used to think actors made up their own lines.
-->'''Dix''': When they get to be big stars they usually do.
* WorstNewsJudgmentEver: Assaults do not warrant front page headlines, not even in small town weekly newspapers. The large image of a battered and bruiced football player making the headlines of a Los Angeles daily newspaper is a stretch.
* WrongfullyAccused: Dixon is continually suspected of murder despite being cleared from Laurel's alibi.
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