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Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | August 1950 (USA)
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon wants to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But Dixon's vicious nature will get the better of him.

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Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon always wanted to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But for a good guy, he's awfully vicious. After several complaints over his roughing people up, his boss, Insp. Nicholas Foley, demotes him. Foley tells him he's a good man, but needs to get his head on straight and be more like Det. Lt. Thomas, who has just gotten a promotion. Meanwhile, Tommy Scalise has an illegal dice game going and is looking to make a sucker out of the rich Ted Morrison, who was brought in by Ken Paine and his beautiful wife Morgan. She figures out too late her husband is using her as a decoy. Paine strikes her when she refuses to play along. The chivalrous Morrison intervenes but Paine knocks him out cold. That seems to be the worst of it, but later it turns out the guy is dead; and Paine looks guilty. Soon Dixon has fallen in love with Morgan - but not before losing his temper again and committing a terrible deed that he tries to cover up. Morgan's father... Written by J. Spurlin

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Only a woman's heart could reach out for such a man!

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Trivia

"Lux Radio Theater" broadcast a 60 minute radio adaptation of the movie on April 2, 1951 with Dana Andrews reprising his film role. See more »

Goofs

Although Preminger places and moves his camera with great skill in this film, his camera is set up on Dana Andrews right in-between him and suspect Craig Stevens. Stevens' first punch misses Andrews chin by at least a foot. See more »

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Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe: You know, I like places like this that specialize in good food instead of headwaiters.
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon: It's the worst food in town, but don't worry. They usually serve a stomach pump with the dessert.
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe: Who invited you to come to my restaurant, Mr. Detective? Not me!
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon: Martha's the head of a ring of burglars. My presence makes her nervous.
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe: Yeah, last night we got a whole basketful of diamonds. You wanna see?
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon: Bring us two of your dangerous dinners, Martha.
Martha, Owner of Martha's Cafe: You know how much I've been offered to poison this man?
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon: Ten...
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The opening credits start as chalk writing on a sidewalk, with someone walking over them. See more »

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Terriffic film noir

If all "film noirs" were this good, we would have a lot more of them. If someone were to ask me what is one I would tell them to go see this movie as a perfect example. This a 50 year old movie that doesn't feel old. In other words, nothing sounds corny and stupid as others of the time. Dana Andrews had a real hard edge on his shoulder much different than in The Best Years Of Our Lives. Without giving anything away, I recommend seeing this movie "cold" like I did and be thoroughly entertained.


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