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Title: The Turning Point (1952)
Post by: cigar joe on September 23, 2011, 07:02:14 PM
Director: William Dieterle, with great Noir cast William Holden, Edmund O'Brien, Alexis Smith, Tom Tully, Ed Begley, Ted de Corsia, Neville Brand, Carolyn Jones, Whit Bissell, and many more a lot with just brief cameos. The story is that a special prosecutor John Conroy (O'Brien) is appointed to tackle organized crime in a fictitious city (some scenes show NYC's Bishop Crook Lamps Probably back lot sets< but others on location are obviously of the Bunker Hill Section of LA).


O'Brien appoints his cop father Matt as chief investigator who is reluctant to take the post. Reporter Jerry McKibbon ( Holden) boyhood friend of Conroy knows why,  he's seen Matt with mob lieutenant Harrigan (de Corsia) and figures he's on the take. John's girl Amanda (Smith) falls for McKibbon complicating the friendship. Meanwhile, as the crime commission ratchets up the heat the threatened racketeers increasingly resort to violent means of defense.

LOL the movie poster (above) deceptively shows Carolyn Jones at the bottom right, as if she has a huge part as a hooker/madam/ floozy, its really never explained, she has at most a minute, a minute and a half of screen time (whether or not her part got left on the cutting room floor is unknown, she gets pulled in as a witness at the crime commission hearings gets asked a few questions and that is it). Truth in advertising would make her about a 1/4 inch on that poster.

Below is the beginning of the sequence where Matt Conroy gets elaborately bumped off in a staged holdup.


This Noir starts off slow but builds momentum, and once the action really begins, the on location cinematography and interesting studio sets dovetail into a seamless entertaining tableau that satisfies.  
Below a screen shot of the natural gas storage tanks in LA the contents of which provides the ignition material to a gang planned arson sequence.


The exciting  big set piece ending where hit man (Brand) sets out to assassinate Holden takes place at a crowded boxing arena. Streaming on Netflix  8/10