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The Turning Point

The Turning Point
Movie: The Turning Point(1952)[tt0045267] Special prosecutor John Conroy hopes to combat organized crime in his city, and appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator. John doesn't understand why Matt is reluctant, but cynical reporter Jerry McKibbon thinks he knows: he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan. Jerry's friendship for John is tested by the question of what to do about Matt, and by his attraction to John's girl Amanda. Meanwhile, the threatened racketeers adopt increasingly violent means of defense. Written byRod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>
Title The Turning Point
Release Date 1 December 1952 (UK)
Runtime
Genres Crime, Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller
Production Companies Paramount Pictures
William Holden
William Holden...
Jerry McKibbon...
Edmond O'Brien
Edmond O'Brien...
John Conroy...
Alexis Smith
Alexis Smith...
Amanda Waycross...
Tom Tully
Tom Tully...
Matt Conroy...
Ed Begley
Ed Begley...
Neil Eichelberger...
Danny Dayton
Danny Dayton...
Roy Ackerman...
Adele Longmire
Adele Longmire...
Carmelina LaRue...
Ray Teal
Ray Teal...
Clint, Police Captain...
Ted de Corsia
Ted de Corsia...
Harrigan...
Don Porter
Don Porter...
Joe Silbray...
Howard Freeman
Howard Freeman...
Fogel...
Neville Brand
Neville Brand...
Red...

Reviews

dbdumonteil on 22 April 2004
Robert Wise's "the captive city" was released the same year and it's roughly the same subject .William Dieterle's work is not as absorbing because his directing is too static and academic in spite of a good cast.Melodramatic elements interfere with the film noir treatment -the father trying to redeem himself after behaving very bad,but he did it in order to pay his son 's studies etc etc -.Fortunately,the last sequence avoids pathos .Wise's film was more interesting because the enemy was almost invisible and the stranglehold it had on the town was complete though.In Dieterle's movie ,in spite of a lot of violence,we never really feel a threatening atmosphere.

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