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Where the Sidewalk Ends (Fox Film Noir)

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  • Actors: Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney
  • Format: Black & White, Closed-captioned, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
  • Release Date: Dec 6 2005
  • Run Time: 95 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000B8384Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #10,235 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Otto Preminger made four films noirs at Fox, all terrific. If we set aside the peerless Laura as more psychological mystery-romance than noir, there's plenty of evidence for judging Where the Sidewalk Ends the best of the lot (the other two being Fallen Angel, a study in small-town perversity, and Whirlpool, a delicious exercise in creepy psychology, slippery mise-en-scène, and daringly complicated point-of-view). It's a hard-edged tale of a borderline-vicious New York police detective, Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews), with tortuous personal reasons for overzealousness in going after the bad guys. Much of the film unreels in one night, when the murder of a high-roller from out of town precipitates a string of events that lead to Dixon's becoming an accidental killer. Preminger's direction is taut, forceful, and fluid, especially when Dixon sets about creating an alibi for himself. Unfortunately, an innocent man gets implicated, with Dixon looking on, and the guilty cop's moral and psychological torment increases with each turn of the screw.

Tightly scripted by Ben Hecht, Preminger's film lacks the anguished poetry of Nicholas Ray's On Dangerous Ground, another 1950 noir centered on a cop (Robert Ryan) addicted to ultraviolence, but its grip is relentless. Preminger had a shrewd instinct for tapping a certain thuggish strain in Andrews, whose performance here is arguably his best. They're reunited with Gene Tierney, as a woman caught in the sidewash of sordid goings-on, and Laura cameraman Joseph La Shelle, whose work has a luster beyond the accustomed semidocumentary look of Fox noirs. Gary Merrill, usually a bland nice-guy, relishes the chance to play nasty as Dixon's gangland bête noire Tommy Scalise, a homoerotic villain in the Tommy Udo vein with a menthol inhaler as fetish object. --Richard T. Jameson

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Enjoyed this dark thriller.
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By Big Bill TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 11 2012
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A very entertaining movie in the film noir genre , if you lean in that direction. Completely satisfied with seller/delivery. This is one movie of a series put out by Fox ( you will
get the brochure if you buy any movie in the series ) , but I wish was priced ( by Fox I assume ) at a little less. I buy DVD's with a $'s / watchable hour criteria
so this works out to about $10.00 per watchable hour , a little high I think , so get your " Leonard Maltin's Movie Guide " out for reference and pick and chose from
the series is my advice. Too bad Fox didn't package them all as a SET .....
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i like old crime stories this is one of the real good ones dana andrews aways plays a good role in these type of movies good picture and sound shipped very fast
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I enjoyed this movie very much. Topnotch cast and acting. The storyline was interesting!
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