Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

Watched January 27, 2010

Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950): 5/5

I selected this film largely because of Gene Tierney. I’ve loved every film that I’ve seen her in, but I’ve barely dipped my movie-watching toes into her filmography. I was even more impressed by this film than those I’d seen previously.

It follows a detective who’s in hot water for beating up on the neighborhood “bad guys” and suspects. The warnings of his superiors don’t stop him from roughing up one more fella, and that fella – the fiance of Tierney’s character – ends up dead.

What I loved most about this film was that it kept me guessing until the very end. None of the plot twists were predictable to me, and it was full of suspense.

The stand-out performance came from an unexpected place, here – Tom Tully as Jiggs Taylor, father to Tierney’s Morgan Taylor. He’s so lovable that (without giving too much away) you can’t help but feel sorry for him.

The only thing that didn’t sit well with me was the ending, which I have mixed feelings about, but I’ll leave that judgement up to you to avoid getting spoilery.

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6 thoughts on “Where the Sidewalk Ends (1950)

  1. You’re right. It is a terrific film. I saw your comment on Edge of Doom. Just about everyone in it considered the film a failure. And yet I confess to liking it, while acknowledging it has its problems. My biography, Hollywood Enigma: Dana Andrews will be published in September by University Press of Mississippi.

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    1. I didn’t consider it a complete failure. My biggest problem with it was Farley Granger’s ultra-stiff performance. I might enjoy it more if I give it another watch – his performance will distract me less a second time!

      I’ll have to check out your book as well. I love many Dana Andrews films but must confess to knowing very little about him, so it should be an interesting read for me!

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      1. Granger was very unhappy with his Goldwyn contract and wanted out of it. Perhaps his anger had an impact on his performance. Dana didn’t like the picture, but I think he does well with the material. He was a far more versatile actor than many critics give him credit for. I go into some detail about both his acting and his private life. He was, however you look at it, a splendid human being. Thanks for taking an interest in my book. I’m hoping to appeal not only to those who know Dana’s work but also to those curious about the man–and also to a new generation that I hope will appreciate his work. I’ve had excellent cooperation from his family, and my book will contain nearly 70 photographs–many of them never seen before.

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