The Turning Point (1952 film)
|The Turning Point|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||William Dieterle|
|Produced by||Irving Asher|
|Screenplay by||Warren Duff|
|Story by||Horace McCoy|
|Edited by||George Tomasini|
|Distributed by||Paramount Pictures|
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. Actress Carolyn Jones made her motion picture debut in the film.
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.
- William Holden as Jerry McKibbon
- Edmond O'Brien as John Conroy
- Alexis Smith as Amanda Waycross
- Tom Tully as Matt Conroy
- Ed Begley as Neil Eichelberger
- Danny Dayton as Roy Ackerman
- Adele Longmire as Carmelina LaRue
- Ray Teal as Clint, Police Captain
- Ted de Corsia as Harrigan
- Don Porter as Joe Silbray
- Howard Freeman as Fogel
- Neville Brand as Red
- Carolyn Jones (uncredited) as Miss Lilian Smith
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.
- Spicer, Andrew (2010). Historical Dictionary of Film Noir. Scarecrow Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-8108-7378-0.
- "Carolyn Jones Is Dead at 50; A TV Actress". The New York Times. United Press International. August 4, 1983.
- Kirby, Walter (May 10, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved June 27, 2015 – via Newspapers.com.
- The Turning Point on IMDb
- The Turning Point at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Turning Point at AllMovie
- The Turning Point at the TCM Movie Database
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