The Turning Point (1952 film)

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The Turning Point
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Theatrical release poster
Directed byWilliam Dieterle
Produced byIrving Asher
Screenplay byWarren Duff
Story byHorace McCoy
StarringWilliam Holden
Edmond O'Brien
Alexis Smith
CinematographyLionel Lindon
Edited byGeorge Tomasini
Paramount Pictures
Distributed byParamount Pictures
Release date
  • November 14, 1952 (1952-11-14) (New York City)
Running time
85 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Turning Point is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by William Dieterle and starring William Holden, Edmond O'Brien and Alexis Smith. It was inspired by the Kefauver Committee's hearings dealing with organized crime.[1] Actress Carolyn Jones made her motion picture debut in the film.[2]


John Conroy, a crusading district attorney, is tasked to crack down on a crime syndicate, which proves more dangerous because the mob has many city officials under their control. He is assisted by a newspaper man, Jerry McKibbon, who does not think Conroy is tough enough to handle this almost impossible assignment. McKibbon finds his efforts are also compromised by political corruption. McKibbon is eventually threatened by an out-of-town assassin who was hired to kill him at a boxing match.



Several locations of historical interest in Downtown Los Angeles can be seen in this film. The original Angel's Flight funicular railway is part of one scene. The Hotel Belmont can also be seen. Neither of these landmarks remains. Other buildings that can be seen are the San Fernando Building in the Bank District and a Metropolitan Water District building at 3rd and Broadway.

Radio adaptation[edit]

The Turning Point was presented on Broadway Playhouse May 13, 1953. The 30-minute adaptation starred Dane Clark.[3]


  1. ^ Spicer, Andrew (2010). Historical Dictionary of Film Noir. Scarecrow Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-8108-7378-0.
  2. ^ "Carolyn Jones Is Dead at 50; A TV Actress". The New York Times. United Press International. August 4, 1983.
  3. ^ Kirby, Walter (May 10, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved June 27, 2015 – via open access

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