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Name: TWILIGHT TIME
Number: TWILIGHT201-BR

WHERE THE SIDEWALK ENDS (1950) (BLU-RAY)
Starring:  Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill, Karl Malden, Bert Freed, Tom Tully, Ruth Donnelly, Craig Stevens, Dana Andrews
Directed By:  Otto Preminger
Composed By:  Cyril Mockridge

“Preminger’s superior noir boasts hardboiled and sardonic dialogue, courtesy of Ben Hecht, but also a surprising strain of pathos…A weatherbeaten [Dana] Andrews gives one of his finest performances.” – Time Out London

“Unwinds with a maximum of suspense and swiftly paced action…features an excellent performance by Dana Andrews… Picture is also notable for better-than-average character portrayals and co-star Gene Tierney.” – Variety

The superlative director Otto Preminger reunites Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney – stars of his earlier smash, Laura (1944) – in Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950), a film noir about a brutal cop (Andrews) who accidentally kills a man, then gets in even more deeply when he tries to cover up his crime. Also starring Gary Merrill, Karl Malden, and Bert Freed, and moodily shot by the veteran Joseph LaShelle.

Limited Edition of 3,000 Units

LANGUAGE: English
VIDEO: 1080p High Definition / 1.33:1
AUDIO: English 1.0 DTS-HD MA
SUBTITLES: English SDH
1950 / B&W
95 MINUTES
NOT RATED

Special Features: Isolated Score Track / Audio Commentary with Film Historian Eddie Muller / Original Theatrical Trailer

  
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Posted by Mark Turner on March 22, 2016 9:39 PM
GOOD GUY GONE BAD

Director Otto Preminger reunited with his stars Dana Andrews and Gene Tierney for this film noir classic involving a good cop gone bad. Andrews stars as Det. Mark Dixon, a cop who’s willing to toss down with any criminal in an attempt to insure he doesn’t turn out like his criminal father. When a routine interrogation of suspect Ken Paine ends in his accidental murder at Mark’s hands, he tries to cover it up and put the blame on top criminal Tommy Scalise (Gary Merrill).

Things go wrong when Mark meets the soon to be ex-wife of the victim, Morgan Taylor (Tierney). It turns out that the pair had parted ways but she was with him the night of a questionable murder occurred, the one Mark was investigating. As they spend time together he begins to fall for the widow, wishing that he could go back and change his actions.

It gets more complicated than that when the lead suspect in the murder of Paine becomes Morgan’s father. A cab driver and all around good egg, he had gone to Paine’s apartment to give him a beating for slapping his daughter only to find no one home. Only Mark knows he’s innocent having seen this happen from around the corner while holding onto Paine’s body.

Dixon finds himself falling more and more in love with Taylor but still in pursuit of Scalise. At the same time he does all he can to insure that Taylor’s father isn’t convicted for a crime he committed. As he does his best to find a solution time is running out and so is Scalise. Can all threads be tied up and a happy ending follow?

As with most noir films there is a distinct line crossed here with a good guy drawn into a web of deceit and low key romance. Dixon starts out a true cynic at heart for some reason, one that isn’t revealed until near the end of the film, but whose cynicism begins to melt at the affection he feels for Taylor. The difficulty he faces between trying to distance himself from the life his father led into something better is always at odds with the methods he uses to exact justice.

The movie offers a straight forward plot that has tones of melodrama in the mix of crime story. Andrews gives a fairly one note performance, in my opinion not one of his best, but still brings a hardness to the character that I’ve not seen him display in other films he made. Tierney is gorgeous and believable in her role of wounded widow desperate to save her father. Karl Malden in an early performance (IMDB only list 7 films prior to this one) does a fine job in a supporting role as the new lieutenant in the squad room Dixon works out of and the main officer who believes Taylor’s father is the killer.

Twilight Time has once more brought a classic to life with a great looking transfer to blu-ray. All the aspects of the film are on display here with some moody cinematography that sets the mood just right. Extras are limited but well done including an isolated score track, audio commentary with film historian Eddie Muller and an original theatrical trailer. If you’re a collector of the film noire genre this is one to add to your collection. If not it’s definitely worth a watch.

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