Where the Sidewalk Ends
Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: January 1, 1950
DVD Release Date: December 6, 2005
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Variety Staff

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

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

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.

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Jennie Kermode
Eye for Film

Strongly paced and gorgeously shot, the film showcases Hecht's writing at its best and is a perfect fit for Preminger.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

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

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Christopher Machell

Where the Sidewalk Ends offers what most audiences expect from a classic noir - cops, corruption, moody lighting, and a jazz-inflected soundtrack.

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TV Guide

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

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Time Out

A weatherbeaten Andrews gives one of his finest performances.

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Fernando F. Croce

A beautiful system of obsessions and ambiguities

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 87% Flixster User Reviews
Bob Stinson
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… More
Aj V
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.
Randy Tippy
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… More
xGary Xx
Another solid noir from Otto Preminger, in which hard-boiled detective Dana Andrews juggles catching a murderous hood, covering up his accidental killing of a… More
Bruce Bruce
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… More
Michael Gildea
Another great noir. Not an essential but still good.