Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Where the Sidewalk Ends


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Dana Andrews is brutal metropolitan police detective Dixon, who despises all criminals because his father had been one. When the cops pick up two-bit gambler Ken Paine (Craig Stevens) as a murder suspect, Dixon subjects Paine to the third degree -- and accidentally kills him. In disposing of the body, Dixon inadvertently places the blame for the killing on cab driver Jiggs Taylor (Tom Tully). Having fallen in love with Jigg's daughter, Morgan (Gene Tierney), Dixon tries to clear the cabbie … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Robert E. Kent, Ben Hecht, Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg, Robert Kent
In Theaters:
On DVD: Dec 6, 2005
20th Century Fox



as Mark Dixon

as Morgan Taylor

as Tommy Scalise

as Ken Paine

as Paul Klein

as Jiggs Taylor

as Lt. Bill Thomas

as Martha

as Ted Morrison

as Inspector Nicholas F...

as Willie Bender

as Mrs. Tribaum

as Mike Williams

as Harrington

as Sid Kramer

as Tod Benson

as Hanson

as Gertessen

as Ernie

as Oleg the Fashion Des...

as Mrs. Jackson

as Friedman

as Fenney

as Shirley Klein

as Jerry Morris

as Cab Driver

as Lt. Arnaldo

as Sweatshirt

as Hoodlum

as Sweatshirt

as Schwartz

as Counterman

as Detective

as Medical Examiner

as Secretary

as Secretary

as Bartender

as Attendant

as Inspector Nicholas F...
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Critic Reviews for Where the Sidewalk Ends

All Critics (10) | Top Critics (4)

Otto Preminger, director, does an excellent job of pacing the story and of building sympathy for Andrews.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
Top Critic

Fox may not have plumbed the depths of realism this time, but it still looks interesting, even two-thirds of the way down.

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

A weatherbeaten Andrews gives one of his finest performances.

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

The last of Otto Preminger's studio pictures at Fox, this 1950 feature has many of the noirish qualities of his Laura and Fallen Angel: Dana Andrews, ambiguity about the characters' dark undertones, and a fluid, fascinating mise en scene.

Full Review… | March 26, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

Hecht once again examines the fine line between cop and criminal with memorable results.

Full Review… | October 23, 2007
TV Guide's Movie Guide

...features several effective (and unexpected) plot twists.

Full Review… | January 18, 2007
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Audience Reviews for Where the Sidewalk Ends

Dead solid Preminger / Andrews outing. Seedy side of New York is the setting for this bad-cop noir. Preminger quietly does some very cool things moving the camera and blocking his actors.

Bob Stinson

Super Reviewer

I know that there is no such thing as the 'perfect film', but I it's hard to imagine how they could have made this one any better. The only thing that comes to mind is fixing Gene Tierney's annoying overbite. Maybe.

Randy Tippy

Super Reviewer

A good ole Black and White Police Drama, this one is about a Detective who is been warned about roughing up his suspects, while questioning one the fight and he kills him, so he tries his best to cover it up, which only leads to others being wrongfully blamed. The story then unfolds as he tries to make all the wrongs fall into place. A movie ahead f its time. 4 stars.

Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer

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