Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950) - Rotten Tomatoes

Where the Sidewalk Ends1950

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)



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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 without implicating himself, but ultimately he becomes trapped in a web of his own making; luckily Morgan promises to stand by him. Where the Sidewalk Ends was adapted from a novel by William L. Stuart; its director was Otto Preminger, who'd previously put Andrews and Tierney through their paces in Laura (1944).

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Dana Andrews
as Mark Dixon
Gene Tierney
as Morgan Taylor
Gary Merrill
as Tommy Scalise
Craig Stevens
as Ken Paine
Bert Freed
as Paul Klein
Tom Tully
as Jiggs Taylor
Karl Malden
as Lt. Bill Thomas
Harry von Zell
as Ted Morrison
Robert Simon
as Inspector Nicholas Foley
Robert F. Simon
as Insp. Nicholas Foley
Don Appell
as Willie Bender
Grace Mills
as Mrs. Tribaum
Lou Krugman
as Mike Williams
David McMahon
as Harrington
David Wolfe
as Sid Kramer
Phil Tully
as Tod Benson
John Close
as Hanson
John McGuire
as Gertessen
Lou Nova
as Ernie
Oleg Cassini
as Oleg the Fashion Designer
Louise Lorimer
as Mrs. Jackson
Lester Sharpe
as Friedman
Eda Reiss Merin
as Shirley Klein
Mack Williams
as Jerry Morris
Duke Watson
as Cab Driver
Clancy Cooper
as Lt. Arnaldo
Robert Evans
as Sweatshirt
Tony Barr
as Hoodlum
Charles Flynn
as Schwartz
Ralph Peters
as Counterman
John Marshall
as Detective
Robert Patten
as Medical Examiner
Louise Lane
as Secretary
Kathleen Hughes
as Secretary
John Trebach
as Bartender
Fred Graham
as Attendant
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Critic Reviews for Where the Sidewalk Ends

All Critics (16) | Top Critics (5)

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

October 23, 2007 | Full Review…

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

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

A weatherbeaten Andrews gives one of his finest performances.

January 26, 2006 | Full Review…
Top Critic

An efficient, bleak noir with an Oedipal twist.

December 21, 2005 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

March 26, 2005 | Full Review…

Preminger's slick noir gem presents a damning indictment of the criminal justice system's perpetual rot and the kinds of cops who take the law into their own hands.

November 30, 2021 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Where the Sidewalk Ends

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
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
Bruce Bruce

Super Reviewer


A brilliant story, part of the film noir left over from the 40s, and starring two famous noir actors: Tierney and Andrews. I loved this movie.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer

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