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Storyline:   "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is a 1950 film noir directed by Otto Preminger. The movie follows the story of Detective Mark Dixon (played by Dana Andrews), a tough and uncompromising police officer known for his strong-arm tactics. Dixon has a reputation for being relentless in his pursuit of justice, often crossing the line between right and wrong in his quest to bring criminals to justice. The film takes place in the gritty underworld of New York City, where Dixon becomes entangled in a murder investigation. When a confrontation with a suspect turns deadly, Dixon accidentally kills the man, and in an attempt to cover up the crime, he frames another suspect. However, his actions start to unravel when evidence begins to surface that may expose his secret. Complicating matters further, Dixon finds himself falling for Morgan Taylor (played by Gene Tierney), the estranged wife of the man he killed. As their relationship develops, Dixon is torn between his growing affection for Morgan and the guilt he carries for his actions.

"Where the Sidewalk Ends" delves into themes of moral ambiguity, guilt, and redemption. It explores the psychological toll that Dixon's actions take on him as he grapples with the consequences of his choices. The film delves into the complexities of human nature, highlighting the blurred lines between right and wrong in the pursuit of justice. Dana Andrews delivers a compelling performance as Mark Dixon, portraying the character's internal struggles and conflicting emotions with depth and intensity. Gene Tierney brings vulnerability and complexity to her role as Morgan Taylor, providing a counterbalance to Dixon's hardened persona. The film is notable for its atmospheric cinematography, capturing the dark and shadowy underbelly of the city. It showcases the moody and atmospheric visuals characteristic of film noir, enhancing the overall sense of tension and intrigue. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is a classic example of film noir, offering a gripping and morally ambiguous narrative. It explores the depths of human nature and the consequences of our actions, ultimately posing the question of whether redemption is possible in a world where the line between right and wrong is often blurred.
Where The Sidewalk Ends
Year : 1950
IMDB Rating: 8
Director: Otto Preminger
Top Billing Cast:  Gene Tierney as Morgan Taylor Karl Malden as Lt. Thomas Dana Andrews as Det. Mark Dixon Neville Brand as Steve, Scalise Hood

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  1. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is the last film in a series of films that Otto Preminger made as a director-for-hire for Twentieth Century Fox in the 1940s. The series includes "Laura" (1944), which also stars Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, "Fallen Angel" (1945), and "Whirlpool" (1950).
  2. Tommy Scalise, played by Gary Merrill, was originally supposed to be a drug addict in the film. However, due to the Production Code's restrictions on the use or mention of narcotics, this aspect of the character was omitted.
  3. Oleg Cassini, the fashion and costume designer who was married to Gene Tierney at the time, made his only feature film appearance in "Where the Sidewalk Ends." It is reported that Cassini convinced director Otto Preminger to give him the role.
  4. Gary Merrill's character, Tommy Scalise, frequently uses a nasal inhaler in the film. The inhaler is likely meant to represent the use of amphetamines, as it was a common practice at the time. The film cleverly avoided the Production Code's narcotics taboo by using an amphetamine inhaler, as amphetamines were not yet classified as controlled substances.
  5. Unlike the traditional Twentieth Century-Fox fanfare music, the film's opening does not feature the usual fanfare. Instead, Alfred Newman's "Street Scene Theme" is whistled over the unique chalk-written opening credits on a sidewalk.
  6. In 1950, the price of a one-way ticket from New York City to Pittsburgh was $17.90, which would be equivalent to approximately $226 in 2022 dollars. However, as of 2020, the actual cost of a one-way ticket for the same route is around $114.
  7. During the time of the film's setting, the NYPD's 16th Precinct covered the area of Manhattan between W. 42nd St. and W. 52nd St. west of Fifth Avenue, with its station house located on W. 47th Street. This area was commonly known as Hell's Kitchen.
  8. According to a contemporary article in "The Hollywood Reporter," Dana Andrews injured his nose during a staged fight for the film, causing a brief delay in production.
  9. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is the fifth and final feature film that starred Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews together. Their previous collaborations include "Tobacco Road" (1941), "Belle Starr" (1941), "Laura" (1944), and "The Iron Curtain" (1948).
  10. The story of the film was originally dramatized on radio in January 1949 for the series "Suspense" under the title "Night Cry," with Ray Milland in the role later played by Dana Andrews.
  11. A month before production began, Lee J. Cobb was reportedly suspended for refusing the part that eventually went to Tom Tully, as mentioned in a contemporary article in "The Hollywood Reporter."
  12. The film was preserved by the Academy Film Archive at the Pickford Center for Motion Picture Study in 2004.
  13. The budget for "Where the Sidewalk Ends" was $1,475,000.
  14. Craig Stevens, who appears in the film, would go on to star in the Blake Edwards noir series "Peter Gunn" (1958). Dana Andrews, who plays his rival in the movie, also worked with Edwards in "The Best Years of Our Lives" (1946).
  15. A radio adaptation of the movie was broadcast on Lux Radio Theater on April 2, 1951, with Dana Andrews reprising his film role.
  16. The film reunites director Otto Preminger and cinematographer Joseph LaShelle, who previously collaborated on "Laura" (1944).
  17. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" marks the film debut of actor Robert F. Simon.
  18. In an ironic twist, Karl Malden interrogates Tom Tully in the film. Both actors would later star in TV partnered-cop series set in San Francisco: Tully in "The Lineup" and Malden in "The Streets of San Francisco."
  19. The film was granted Italian censorship visa #9342 on April 19, 1951.
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