Film Review – WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950)

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950; USA; B&W; 95m) ∗∗∗∗  d. Otto Preminger; w. Ben Hecht, Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg, Robert E. Kent; ph. Joseph LaShelle; m. Cyril J. Mockridge.  Cast: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Bert Freed, Tom Tully, Karl Malden, Ruth Donnelly, Craig Stevens. A detective is already in trouble with his superiors for his brutal tactics when he accidentally kills a murder suspect. To protect himself, he decides to cover it up and pin the killing on a racketeer he hates and knows has committed many crimes like this in the past. Brooding film-noir efficiently directed and with a strong cast. Andrews stands out as haunted detective who uses violent methods. Moodily shot on location in Manhattan, New York, with evocative score by Mockridge. Based on the novel “Night Cry” by William L. Stuart. [12]