In a Lonely Place

Synopsis: Screenwriter Dixon Steele, faced with the odious task of scripting a trashy bestseller, has hat-check girl Mildred Atkinson tell him the story in her own words. Later that night, Mildred is murdered and Steele is a prime suspect; his record of belligerence when angry and his macabre sense of humor tell against him. Fortunately, lovely neighbor Laurel Gray gives him an alibi. Laurel proves to be just what Steele needed, and their friendship ripens into love. Will suspicion, doubt, and Steele's inner demons come between them?
Director(s): Nicholas Ray
Production: Columbia Pictures
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94 min

- Hello, Fran. How are you?

- Between pictures.

Last night I couldn't sleep.

So, what did I do?

- Called up a lot of people.

- Just you. Where were you?

- Home.

- Don't you like to talk anymore?

- Not to people who have my number.

- Why don't you come over?

- I've got to read a book.

- Remember how I used to read to you?

Since then, I've learned to read

by myself.

That's all. Do you look down on all

women or just the ones you know?

I was pretty nice to you.

No, not to me. But you were

pretty nice. I'll call you.

Thanks for letting me read it.

- What's your name?

- Mildred. Mildred Atkinson.

- Where do you live?

- ln Inglewood, with my aunt.

- You got a car?

- No, I usually catch the bus.

- I'll drive you home.

- Thank you, but I have a date.

- Well, break it.

- I can't.

Besides, it's my policy

never to go out with customers.

I didn't mean I was

going to take you out.

- I was going to take you home.

- I have a date.

My home.

Mr. Steele.

You can help me. I've gotta read

this book tonight and I'm tired.

- Maybe you could tell it to me.

- ls that what you had in mind?

You make me feel real important.

Just think. When I go to see

Alathea Bruce with Aunt Cora...

...I can say I told the story to the

screenwriter. Let me call my date.

Maybe I can still

catch him at home.

There's no sacrifice too great

for a chance at immortality.

Yes, sir.

My, what a pretty place!

Sort of hacienda- like.

Ex cuse me.

Neighbour of yours?

No, I never saw her before.

I'll be right with you.

Make yourself at home.

It must be wonderful to be a writer.


- Make yourself a drink.

- I don't drink.

Before I worked at Paul's, I used to

think actors made up their own lines.

When they get to be big stars

they usually do.

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Andrew Solt

Andrew Solt (born 13 December 1947) is an American producer, director, and writer of documentary films. Solt has had a long career in television. A frequent focus of his documentaries is rock and roll music, its history and star performers.Solt owns the rights to The Ed Sullivan Show library, and has produced more than 100 hours of new programming from the archive. more…

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Submitted on August 05, 2018


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