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Where the Sidewalk Ends

USA 1950. Dir: Otto Preminger. 95 min. DCP

Gene Tierney and Dana Andrews, stars of Otto Preminger’s chic noir classic Laura, reunited with the director in the grittier Where the Sidewalk Ends, “one of Preminger’s great films on obsession and anguish” (Chris Fujiwara). Andrews is a standout as brutal, belligerent Mark Dixon, a New York cop who roughs up and accidentally kills a suspect during the course of an investigation. Dixon seeks to implicate a mobster in the death, but suspicion falls instead on an innocent cabbie. Thing gets more complicated — and more desperate — when Dixon becomes romantically involved with the cabbie’s daughter, played by Tierney. Celebrated screenwriter Ben Hecht (Scarface, His Girl Friday, Notorious) wrote the deliciously hard-boiled script. Tierney’s then-husband, fashion designer Oleg Cassini (who would design for Jackie Kennedy in the 1960s), did the costumes and has a cameo.

REVIEWS

"A maximum of suspense and swiftly-paced action."

Variety | full review

"A weatherbeaten Andrews gives one of his finest performances ... Preminger's superior noir."

Time Out | full review