Where the Sidewalk Ends

Where the Sidewalk Ends

DVD - 2005
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Cop Mark Dixon is in hot water with his bosses because of his rough style and tactics. He accidentally kills a murder suspect and tries to frame a known racketeer that he despises for the crime.
Publisher: Beverly Hills, Calif. : 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, c2005
Branch Call Number: MOVIE WHE
Language Note: In the original English with subtitles in English and Spanish ; Closed-captioned
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (approximately 95 min.) : sound, black and white ; 4 3/4 in


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Feb 19, 2020

This 1950 film has many of the quintessential noir elements - catchy title (that has little to do with the plot), hero who himself is a bit of a villain (Dana Andrews - who was born to be a noir lead), beautiful dark shots and shadows. Gene Tierney, as Morgan, is femme fatale light as she only inadvertently leads to a man's downfall. Andrews and Tierney light up the dark screen as they had done six years earlier in another Otto Preminger noir - 'Laura.' This film is not the classic that that one was, but it delivers quite a punch (pun intended). Gary Merrill (most famous for having once been married to Bette Davis) delivers as the menacing Tommy Scalise.

Oct 04, 2015

Really a compelling wicked web weaved by Otto Preminger, and Dana Andrews. Top shelf film noir.

7duffy Sep 06, 2014

Beautiful Gene Tierney and tough, cynical cop Dana Andrews play their parts well in this noir story. Gary Merrill comes off perfectly slimey as the smooth hood. Neville Brand in one of his first movies, I presume. Burns & Allen show announcer Harry Von Zell in a straight role as the hayseed mark for Merrill's crew. Otto Preminger shoots it with beautiful camera angles. Not as good as Laura (but then, what is ?), but still an enjoyable film to watch.

Jul 23, 2014

Watch "Where the Sidewalk Ends" and ask yourself, "What would I have done?" We only care about the answer when the movie rings a bell with us. You feel their pain, the desire to succeed or to change things. "Where the Sidewalk Ends" is just such a movie. It takes a hold of you and you can't stop watching. After your done, you still are thinking about the movie. Enough of my spouting off, this is a great movie. Please watch it and if you have a quibble with me, write it on the KCLS web page. Thanks for reading the above.

Aug 02, 2013

Otto Preminger, Fritz Lang, and Orson Welles (okay, Billy Wilder, too, for "Double Indemnity" and "Sunset Blvd.") were the three (okay, four) godfathers of American film noir. Otto and Fritz were refugees from Hitler's Europe, eyeing America from the '30s through the '50s as if they had landed from a spaceship. Orson found his familiar homeland grim enough to keep him busy. "Citizen Kane," "The Lady from Shanghai," and "The Stranger" are primal film noirs. Otto's first creditable film was "Laura." Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney were there, and are here again. Beauty and ugliness, hope and damnation. John Huston gave the genre a boost with "The Maltese Falcon," "The Asphalt Jungle," and others; Nicholas Ray moved it along with "In a Lonely Place," "On Dangerous Ground," and others; Jacques Tourneur gave us "Out of the Past." Jazz, tap-dance, prohibition, the Western, and film noir are among America's proudest native contributions to world culture.

Apr 27, 2011

As critic David Thomson once said of Dana Andrews: this is what smoking and drinking looks like, when it stops being fun. His chance for redemption occurs, as so often, on an automobile lift machine. The film has its flaws. It's anyone's guess as to whether leading lady Gene Tierney was made out of wood, or only hit on the head with a piece of wood. It doesn't matter. Look into Andrews's beautiful, sad eyes. That's all you need to know.

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