Today in Movie History: May 17

One of the great films noir of all time — Nicholas Ray’s In a Lonely Place — opened today in 1950. Featuring a brilliant performance from Humphrey Bogart’s as a potentially murderous screenwriter and noir staple Gloria Grahame as the woman who may have inadvertently helped him get away with it, it holds a punch that most modern thrillers would envy.

The other big release today is the minor but notable She-Wolf of London, part of the Universal horror cycle (though separate from the convoluted continuity of their biggest films). June Lockhart stars as a woman who believes her family curse has caught up to her when a series of grisly murders plague the park near her home. The film opened today in 1946.


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