Book Vs Movie “In a Lonely Place” (1950) Humphrey Bogart & Gloria Grahame

Book Vs. Movie: In a Lonely Place

The 1947 Novel Vs the 1950 Humphrey Bogart

The Margos go back to Bogie and film noir with In a Lonely Place which was written by Dorothy B. Hughes in 1947 which tells the story of a homicidal maniac on the loose in post-War II Los Angeles. Dix Steele was an airman who prowls around LA and its environs in search of the perfect woman to strangle to death. 

In the novel, the story is told from his point of view and his hatred of women and fear of getting caught by his LA detective pal Brub Nocholi and his suspicious wife Sylvia. The story is scary and gripping but in 1950, the Hays code still had a grip on Hollywood and a screenplay filled with murder would shock its audience too much. 

Nicholas Ray directed the 1950 film that stars Humphrey Bogart and Gloria Grahame and over the years has become a film many experts praise for being ahead of its time. Though Bogart is not a killer he has been known to be violent. Dix is a screenwriter and Graham plays Laurel Gray, an actress looking for a good script. 

The story is twisty and weird which makes for a unique film experience. 

So, between the novel and the movie–which did we prefer? 

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In this ep the Margos discuss:

  • The 1947 novel by Dorothy B. Hughes
  • The film noir movies of the time and how Hollywood is presented
  • Biggest differences between book & movie.
  • Starring: Humphrey Bogart (Dixon Steele,) Gloria Grahame (Laurel Gray,) Frank Lovejoy (Brub Nicholai,) and Jeff Donnell (Sylvia Nicholai) 

Clips used:

  • Laurel learns about the murder
  • In a Lonely Place trailer
  • Dix loses it driving
  • Last scene of the film
  • Music by Hadda Brooks 

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