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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.

Director:

William Dieterle

Writers:

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

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
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1952 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

This Is Dynamite! See more »

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Paramount Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

William Holden and Neville Brand co-starred in this film. Holden and Brand would later reunite the following year in Billy Wilder's Stalag 17 with Holden in his Oscar winning performance as Sgt. J.J. Sefton and Brand as the short tempered yet dedicated fellow POW Duke who constantly needles Holden's Sefton character. See more »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

Prelude
(uncredited)
from Desert Fury (1947)
Music by Miklós Rózsa
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A straight up, really well made if somewhat routine crime noir.
7 December 2010 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Turning Point (1952)

Great cast (good guys and bad), great director (William Dieterle is a stalwart Hollywood director who did "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" among many others), and solid plot. You can't go wrong. It moves fast, it makes sense, it has drama and romance, and a great shoot-em-up ending in a boxing arena.

And yet something is withheld. I think it's partly camera-work, all very shadowy and excellent, but not elegant, not pumped up and dramatic. The story, as well, is a little routine. By 1952 this kind of crime noir gangster film is old stuff. They even hint at this in the movie, by saying that the unnamed midwestern city is seeing a rise in crime in the old style, a return of 1920s gangsterism. But if they mean to return to the great gangster films, they don't quite make it.

But it's still really fine--William Holden is an understated player and therefore underrated. And the co-lead, the star of "D.O.A." and "The Hitchhiker" among a few other lesser films, is Edmond O'Brien, who is maybe at his best here. You see a curious position for Holden, hot off of "Sunset Blvd.," in a somewhat secondary role, because he might be the leading hunk, but O'Brien is the leading man.

A good film without that special something to lift it up, but without a flaw, either, in any usual sense. Totally a pleasure in its understated approach.


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