The Turning Point (1952)

The Turning Point (1952)

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Edmond O'Brien stars as an idealistic state's attorney assigned to crack down on a crime syndicate. This proves more dangerous than first suspected, since the syndicate has a number of city officials in its pocket--including the father of one of the investigating committee's chairpersons. William Holden is the crusading newspaperman who attempts to help O'Brien, but even his efforts are compromised by deeply entrenched political corruption. The climax is staged at a crowded boxing arena, where Holden is struck down by an assassin's bullet intended for O'Brien. Inspired by the real-life Senate investigations of 1951, The Turning Point is neither a remake of a 1917 Paramount silent of the same name, nor was the 1977 ballet-oriented Turning Point a remake of the 1952 film.
Rating:
NR
Genre:
Classics , Drama , Mystery & Suspense
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Studio:
Paramount Pictures

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Cast

William Holden
as Jerry McKibbon
Edmond O'Brien
as John Conroy
Alexis Smith
as Amanda Waycross
Tom Tully
as Matt Conroy
Ed Begley Sr.
as Eichelberger
Dan Dayton
as Ackerman
Danny Dayton
as Roy Ackerman
Adele Longmire
as Carmelina
Ray Teal
as Clint
Ted de Corsia
as Harrigan
Don Porter
as Joe Silbray
Mary Murphy
as Secretary
Ben Cameron
as Gates
Buddy Sullivan
as Reporter
Robert Rockwell
as Reporter
Joel Marston
as Reporter
Russ Conway
as Reporter
George Ford
as Policeman
Charles Sherlock
as Policeman
Lee Phelps
as Policeman
Chalky Williams
as Policeman
George Dempsey
as Policeman
Charles Campbell
as Cameraman
Gretchen Hale
as Mrs. Conroy
Grace Hayle
as Mrs. Martin
Hazel Boyne
as Woman
Harry Hines
as Maintenance Man
Franz Roehn
as Cashier
Tony Barr
as Garcia
Tom Moore
as Drugstore Proprietor
Jamesson Shade
as Staff Member
Soledad Jiminez
as Mrs. Manzinates
Diane Garret
as Woman at Detroit Joint
Jay Adler
as Sammy
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Critic Reviews for The Turning Point

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Full Review… | March 25, 2009
Variety
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Full Review… | October 20, 2006
New York Times
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A hard-boiled entertaining crime story that is skeptical if idealistic politicians alone can clean up the dirt in a big city.

Full Review… | August 28, 2003
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Audience Reviews for The Turning Point

Solid crime drama with a better than usual part for Alexis Smith and good performances from the entire cast. Strong direction moves this along at an involving pace.

jay nixon
jay nixon

Super Reviewer

½

Another one of those taking-down-the-syndicate movies. I don't really care much for these, there's an awful lot of them and they're all kinda same-y. I like my noir to be more personal, claustrophobic stories. But this one was pretty good, it had a couple of interesting plot points and a darker edge. Excellent lead performances by Bill Holden and Edmund O'Brien, supported by some greats like Ed Begley and Ted DeCorsia. Dieterle's direction isn't brilliant, but it's more than competent. No significant flaws, an all-around "good flick".

Martin Teller
Martin Teller

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