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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Story, by Ben Hecht [adapted by Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg and Robert E. Kent from the novel Night City by William Stuart], unwinds with a maximum of suspense and swiftly-paced action and is featured by an excellent performance by Dana Andrews. Picture is also notable for better-than-average character portrayals and co-star Gene Tierney.

With:
Dana Andrews Gene Tierney Gary Merrill Karl Malden Tom Tully Ruth Donnelly

Story, by Ben Hecht [adapted by Victor Trivas, Frank P. Rosenberg and Robert E. Kent from the novel Night City by William Stuart], unwinds with a maximum of suspense and swiftly-paced action and is featured by an excellent performance by Dana Andrews. Picture is also notable for better-than-average character portrayals and co-star Gene Tierney.

Andrews, while he is on the carpet for slugging too many hoodlums before he has criminal evidence against them, accidentally kills a man in a fistic battle, in self-defense. Victim is Craig Stevens, former war hero and ne’er-do-well estranged husband of Gene Tierney, a lush model.

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

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Where the Sidewalk Ends

Production: 20th Century-Fox. Director Otto Preminger; Producer Otto Preminger; Screenplay Ben Hecht; Camera Joseph LaShelle; Editor Louis Loeffler; Music Cyril J. Mockridge; Art Director Lyle Wheeler, J. Russell Spencer

Crew: (B&W) Widescreen. Extract of a review from 1950. Running time: 95 MIN.

With: Dana Andrews Gene Tierney Gary Merrill Karl Malden Tom Tully Ruth Donnelly

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