The Turning Point (1952 film)

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For the 1977 film, see The Turning Point (1977 film).
The Turning Point
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Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Dieterle
Produced by Irving Asher
Written by Warren Duff
Horace McCoy (story)
Starring William Holden
Edmond O'Brien
Alexis Smith
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by George Tomasini
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 15, 1952 (1952-11-15) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

The Turning Point is a 1952 film noir based on Horace McCoy's novel Storm in the City, starring William Holden and Edmond O'Brien. 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 shot down 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 remain. 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.


Actor Role
William Holden Jerry McKibbon
Edmond O'Brien John Conroy
Alexis Smith Amanda Waycross
Tom Tully Matt Conroy
Ed Begley Neil Eichelberger
Danny Dayton Roy Ackerman
Adele Longmire Carmelina LaRue
Ray Teal Clint, Police Captain
Ted de Corsia Harrigan
Don Porter Joe Silbray
Howard Freeman Fogel
Neville Brand Red

Radio adaptation[edit]

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

External links[edit]


  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 publication - free to read