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Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | August 1950 (USA)
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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.

Director:

Otto Preminger

Writers:

Ben Hecht (screenplay), Victor Trivas (adaptation) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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
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Storyline

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!

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Night Cry See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,475,000 (estimated)
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Company Credits

Production Co:

Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fifth and last feature film starring Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews. The others were Tobacco Road (1941), Belle Starr (1941), Laura (1944) and The Iron Curtain (1948). See more »

Goofs

In the opening sequence, we hear the voice of the police dispatcher on the car radio. The words spoken by the dispatcher, announcing two incidents, are lifted directly from the 1949 Procedures Manual of the New York City Police Department, where they are given as examples of the correct radio method. Only the time of day was changed to agree with the scene, but the addresses, incidents, car numbers, and dispatcher number are verbatim from the manual. 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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Crazy Credits

The opening credits start as chalk writing on a sidewalk, with someone walking over them. See more »

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Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) See more »

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Street Scene
(uncredited)
Music by Alfred Newman
Whistled during opening credits
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Terriffic film noir
3 December 2000 | by TC-4See all my reviews

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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