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The Turning Point (1952)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 December 1952 (UK)
Jerry McKibbon is a tough, no nonsense reporter, mentoring special prosecutor John Conroy in routing out corrupt officials in the city, which may even include Conroy's own police detective father as a suspect.


William Dieterle


Warren Duff (screenplay), Horace McCoy (based on a story by)




Complete credited cast:
William Holden ... Jerry McKibbon
Edmond O'Brien ... John Conroy
Alexis Smith ... Amanda Waycross
Tom Tully ... Matt Conroy
Ed Begley ... Neil Eichelberger
Danny Dayton ... Roy Ackerman
Adele Longmire ... Carmelina LaRue
Ray Teal ... Clint, Police Captain
Ted de Corsia ... Harrigan
Don Porter ... Joe Silbray
Howard Freeman ... Fogel
Neville Brand ... Red


Special prosecutor John Conroy hopes to combat organized crime in his city, and appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator. John doesn't understand why Matt is reluctant, but cynical reporter Jerry McKibbon thinks he knows: he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan. Jerry's friendship for John is tested by the question of what to do about Matt, and by his attraction to John's girl Amanda. Meanwhile, the threatened racketeers adopt increasingly violent means of defense. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Today's most sensational story of racket-busting !


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Did You Know?


The setting, including street and business names and the Angel's Flight funicular railway which features, is clearly Los Angeles, but the local TV station covering the crime hearings, WRRT, has call letters commencing with the letter "W" that would only be assigned to a station east of the Mississippi. See more »


Referenced in Biography: Carolyn Jones: Morticia and More (2002) See more »


from Desert Fury (1947)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
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some familiar plot points and good acting
3 September 2016 | by blanche-2See all my reviews

From 1952 Paramount, The Turning Point is a crime drama starring William Holden, Alexis Smith, Edmond O'Brien, and Ed Begley.

O'Brien is John Conroy an attorney who has returned to his home town to lead a commission dedicated to wiping out corruption in their city, somewhere in the midwest. Holden is Jerry McKibbon, his childhood friend who is now a sharp and somewhat cynical reporter. He spots McKibbon's idealism right away and thinks he might be headed for a big reality check. Alexis Smith plays Amanda, a socialite who is John's girlfriend and secretary.

Some of this is telegraphed early. First off, how long does anyone think Amanda will stay Ed Begley's girlfriend once she sees William Holden? Then John happily tells his police detective father that he is hiring him as chief investigator for the commission. His father (Tom Tully) doesn't want the job. Now why do we suppose that is?

Ed Begley is the head mobster, Neil Eichelberger, a crumb who doesn't care whom he has to kill or blow up to get his way. One of his henchman is Roy Ackerman (Danny Dayton). They're both foul.

Even with some predictability, this is a well-acted, tight story directed by William Dieterle. The end takes place at a boxing match and is exciting. Watch for Neville Brand as an out of town hit man at the end of the film.

For trivia buffs, there are some uncredited people who rose above being uncredited: Carolyn Jones in her first film; '50s starlet Rachel Ames, who joined the cast of General Hospital in 1964, a year after its debut. She still occasionally makes an appearance, and she looks fantastic. Also Whit Bissell and Robert Rockwell (Mr. Boynton on Our Miss Brooks). Good movie.

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1 December 1952 (UK) See more »

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This Is Dynamite! See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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