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
  1 win.
Rotten Tomatoes:
94 min

Dix Steele! How are you?

- Don't you remember me?

- No, I'm sorry. I can't say that I do.

You wrote the last picture I did

at Columbia.

I never see pictures I write.

You. Stop bothering my wife!

You shouldn't have done it. No matter

how much money that pig's got.

- Pull over!

- What's wrong with right here?

- Evening, Mr. Steele.

- Hi, Dave.

- I'll put her right up front.

- Okay.

- Can I have your autograph?

- Who am I?

- I don't know.

- Don't bother, he's nobody.

She's right.

Dix! We'd about given you up.

- Hi, Mel.

- Where've you been?

- Come on. Buy us a drink.

- He's somebody.

Lloyd Barnes, big director. Made all

his money before the income tax.

- We've been calling for three days.

- You know me...

...if I don't answer the third ring,

I'm not home.

- Hello, Dix. Lloyd.

- Hi, Max.

Honey, let me have that book I left

here for Mr. Steele.

I'm almost finished.

Say " I like it, " and you go on

salary tomorrow.

Then I like it.

I think it'll make a dreamy picture.

An epic.

- What do you call an epic?

- A picture that's real long...

- ...and has lots of things going on.

- Could we have some matches?

Here you are. Mr. Steele, could I keep

the book till you come out?

I only have a few pages to go.

- Sure, take your time.

- Thanks.

- Good evening, Mr. Steele.

- Evening.

- Remember, she's your audience.

- Say that again...

...l'll get another agent.

How are you, Charlie?

- Let's sit at the other end.

- What's wrong with right here?

- How are you, noble prince?

- Right well, thespian. Greg?

Gin and tonic.

What do you fellows want?

- A stinger.

- Glass of milk.

And a brandy for Mr. Waterman.

- Are you dining here or browsing?

- How's everything, Paul?

Just like show business,

there is no business. Ex cuse me.

- Who's producing this?

- Bert Brody. Lloyd's directing.

You've got to work. You've

been out of circulation too long.

I need money,

you need the 10 percent.

For me, you don't have to go to work.

I've got my apartment, car, ulcers.

- Gasoline doesn't cost much.

- I won't do something I don't like.

- Dix, how many times must I tell you--?

- lt's just another picture.

Can you really be choosy? You haven't

had a hit since before the war.

Everybody makes flops ex cept you.

You've remade the same picture...

...for 20 years.

You're a popcorn salesman.

That's right. So are you.

The difference is, I don't fight it.

- One day I'll write something good.

- Althea Bruce will do it.

- Althea Bruce--

- You just have to follow the book.

- Remind me to buy you a new tie.

- Hi, kiddies!

What a picture I made!

Just back from the preview.

- Pasadena's out of its mind about it.

- Hello, Junior.

- No one walked out!

- Don't you shake hands with an actor?

You call this an actor?

He hasn't remembered a line

for 10 years.

Made your father- in- law

a couple of million.

- Pop made a star out of a drunkard.

- That is a menace.

Movie idol of the Roaring '20s.

Look at him.

Gazing into his crystal ball!

You have set the son- in- law business

back 50 years.

- That's a dirty thing to-

- Stop! Hey, stop, Dix!

What's the matter with you?

Quiet down!

There goes Dix again.

- I'm leaving.

- Mel, take Charlie home, will you?

Come on.

Maybe I'd better stay.


- You will read that book tonight?

- Yes, yes.

I'll drop by and wake you up in

the morning. Around 10.

Make it about 11 .

He had it coming, but next time will

you please do it in the parking lot?

- I'll have some ham and eggs.

- I shall select the eggs personally.

Sit here and take it easy.

Dix on Steele!

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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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