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Director:
Writers:
Ben Hecht (screenplay)
Victor Trivas (adaptation) ...
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Release Date:
7 July 1950 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
Only a woman's heart could reach out for such a man!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
Another great 20th Century Fox noir See more (98 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Dana Andrews ... Det. Mark Dixon

Gene Tierney ... Morgan Taylor

Gary Merrill ... Tommy Scalise

Bert Freed ... Det. Paul Klein
Tom Tully ... Jiggs Taylor

Karl Malden ... Lt. Thomas
Ruth Donnelly ... Martha
Craig Stevens ... Ken Paine
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Fred Aldrich ... Detective at Staff Meeting (uncredited)
Don Appell ... Willie Bender (uncredited)
Tony Barr ... Hoodlum (uncredited)
Eddie Borden ... Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)

Neville Brand ... Steve, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
Barry Brooks ... Thug (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Railroad Baggage Clerk (uncredited)

Oleg Cassini ... Oleg the Fashion Designer (uncredited)
John Close ... Hanson (uncredited)
Tom Coleman ... Detective at Staff Meeting (uncredited)
Clancy Cooper ... Police Desk Sergeant Murphy (uncredited)
John Daheim ... Scalise Hoodlum (uncredited)
Sayre Dearing ... Man at Dice Table / Passerby (uncredited)
Bob Evans ... Sweatshirt (uncredited)
Charles Flynn ... Policeman Schwartz (uncredited)
Robert Foulk ... Fenney (uncredited)
Anthony George ... Scalise Hoodlum (uncredited)
Joseph Granby ... Fat Man (uncredited)
Chuck Hamilton ... Detective at Staff Meeting (uncredited)

Kathleen Hughes ... Secretary (uncredited)
Lou Krugman ... Mike Williams (uncredited)
Louise Lane ... Secretary (uncredited)
Louise Lorimer ... Mrs. Jackson (uncredited)
Herbert Lytton ... Joe, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
Ian MacDonald ... Detective Casey (uncredited)
John Marshall ... Police Detective (uncredited)
John McGuire ... Detective Gertessen (uncredited)

David McMahon ... Harrington (uncredited)
Eda Reiss Merin ... Mrs. Shirley Klein (uncredited)
Grayce Mills ... Mrs. Tribaum, Paine's Landlady (uncredited)
Lou Nova ... Ernie, Scalise Hood (uncredited)
Peggy O'Connor ... Model (uncredited)
Robert Patten ... Medical Examiner (uncredited)

'Snub' Pollard ... Pool Hall Patron (uncredited)
Stephen Roberts ... Gilruth (uncredited)
Lester Sharpe ... Friedman, Morgan's Employer (uncredited)
Robert F. Simon ... Insp. Nicholas Foley (uncredited)
Wanda Smith ... Model (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Policeman (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Passerby (uncredited)
Clarence Straight ... Detective (uncredited)
Charles Tannen ... Police Radio Dispatcher #79 (voice) (uncredited)
Shirley Tegge ... Model (uncredited)
Larry Thompson ... Riley (uncredited)
John Trebach ... Bartender (uncredited)
Phil Tully ... Det. Ted Benson, 16th Precinct (uncredited)
Harry von Zell ... Mr. Morrison (uncredited)
Duke Watson ... Cab Driver (uncredited)
Chili Williams ... Teddy (uncredited)
Mack Williams ... Jerry Morris, Attorney (uncredited)
Robert Williams ... Detective (uncredited)
David Wolfe ... Sid Kramer, Scalise Hood (uncredited)

Directed by
Otto Preminger 
 
Writing credits
Ben Hecht (screenplay)

Victor Trivas (adaptation) and
Frank P. Rosenberg (adaptation) and
Robert E. Kent (adaptation)

William L. Stuart (novel)

Produced by
Otto Preminger .... producer
Frank P. Rosenberg .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Cyril J. Mockridge  (as Cyril Mockridge)
 
Cinematography by
Joseph LaShelle (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Louis R. Loeffler  (as Louis Loeffler)
 
Art Direction by
J. Russell Spencer 
Lyle R. Wheeler  (as Lyle Wheeler)
 
Set Decoration by
Thomas Little 
Walter M. Scott 
 
Costume Design by
Oleg Cassini 
 
Makeup Department
Ben Nye .... makeup artist
Marie Walter .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Production Management
Sam Wurtzel .... production manager (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Henry Weinberger .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Alfred Bruzlin .... sound
Harry M. Leonard .... sound
 
Special Effects by
Fred Sersen .... special photographic effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Don Anderson .... camera operator (uncredited)
Cliff Maupin .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Charles Le Maire .... wardrobe director (as Charles LeMaire)
 
Music Department
Lionel Newman .... musical director
Edward B. Powell .... orchestrator (as Edward Powell)
Maurice De Packh .... orchestrator (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Kathleen Fagan .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
95 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14458) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | West Germany:12

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Trivia:
This story was originally dramatized on radio in January 1949 for the series "Suspense", under the title "Night Cry", staring Ray Milland in the Dana Andrews role.See more »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: When the car Dixon is riding in pulls onto (and off) the garage elevator on the way to Scalise's hide-out, the camera shakes violently for a few seconds.See more »
Quotes:
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon:[having his bruises attended] Innocent people can get into terrible jams too.
[groans]
Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon:One false move and you're over your head.
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Referenced in A Trip to Swadades (2008)See more »
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Street SceneSee more »

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5 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Another great 20th Century Fox noir, 14 October 2007
Author: blanche-2 from United States

Dana Andrews stands "Where the Sidewalk Ends" in this 1950 film that also stars Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Karl Malden and Neville Brand. Andrews plays New York City Detective Sgt. Mark Dixon, a cop with a bad temper who has gotten into trouble in the past for beating suspects. When a man is murdered at a gambling club owned by a mobster, Scalise (Merrill), Dixon and his partner go to investigate. Scalise blames the murder on Ken Paine (Stevens), who has now left the club after fighting not only with his wife, Morgan (Tierney) but the victim. Dixon thinks the victim won a lot of money and was killed as a result by the mobster's men. He goes to see Paine and, not realizing he has a plate in his head from the war, knocks him to the floor and inadvertently kills him. Now he must cover up the murder. As a further complication, he falls for Morgan; her father (Ken Tully), who went to Paine's apartment after he saw that Paine had hit his daughter, is arrested for the crime.

This is a really terrific, gritty noir with some good performances. The ruggedly handsome and weathered Andrews is convincing as a tough yet nervous detective who has to stay one step ahead of his colleagues. The movie reunites him with his fabulous "Laura" costar, Gene Tierney, and she looks lovely as a model with bad taste in men who apparently is used to being roughed up. Little does she know, she's got another one on her hands. Ken Tully does a terrific job as her father, who protests his innocence despite some damning evidence. Karl Malden is very tough as Dixon's boss.

My only problem with this well-directed, fast-moving and absorbing film is the ending. Pure Hollywood and, putting myself in Tierney's place, I doubt I would react the same way. A minor criticism for a film written by Ben Hecht and directed by Otto Preminger. I didn't find it as awe-inspiring as "Laura," but few things in this world are. If you like film noir, this is a must-see.

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