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Release Date:
7 July 1950 (USA) See more »
Only a woman's heart could reach out for such a man!
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 »
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  (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
Visual 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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Also Known As:
95 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Germany:12 | Sweden:15 | UK:12 | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14458) | USA:Passed (National Board of Review) | USA:TV-PG (tv rating) | West Germany:12

Did You Know?

This is the last in a series of films that Otto Preminger made as a director-for-hire for Twentieth Century Fox in the 1940's. The series includes Laura (1944), which also stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, Fallen Angel (1945) and Whirlpool (1949).See more »
Continuity: When Andrews is staging the murder scene after Stevens' death, he is gloveless. A few seconds later he suddenly has gloves on both hands.See more »
Mrs. Tribaum, Paine's Landlady:When you get old like me, you don't care what time it is.See more »
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38 out of 48 people found the following review useful.
Even better than "Laura", 20 January 2001
Author: Zen Bones from USA

Despite the lack of a haunting theme song and the austere and humourous presence of Clifton Webb, this film is a much more exciting experience than "Laura", the other collaboration between Preminger, Andrews and Tierney. This is one of the grimmest film noir films I've ever seen, and not just in its lurid shadows and rain-drenched streets. The film is dark to its very soul. Dana Andrews plays what is now a standard stereotype: the cop who is bitter and deadly with his temper. But Andrews plays it with more honesty and humanity than most any other angry movie cop you're likely to see. Despite the fact that his character is good at heart, he is also a criminal and a killer, and the film beautifully strings him along, forcing him to serve his spiritual penance. What of course is most fun is the way that his terror over being discovered slowly comes to a boil. I've seen tons of film noir movies but I can't recall ever seeing the protagonist ever becoming the anti-hero in such a startling way. Many of the best film noir pics have that dizzying spiral theme of a man trapped by his own weakness. "Night in the City", "Detour", "Scarlet Street", "In a Lonely Place", "Act of Violence" and "Johnny Eager", are among the best of them. "Were the Sidewalk Ends" holds its own among them. Not a bad recommendation!

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