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The working title of this film was Night Cry . According to contemporary news items, William L. Stuart's novel was originally purchased in late Mar 1948 by Frank Rosenberg for production through Colony Pictures, and distribution through United Artists. Howard Duff was signed by Rosenberg to star in the picture, according to a 10 Aug 1949 HR news item. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, located at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, writers employed by Rosenberg to work on the screenplay included Karl Kamb, Bernard Gordon and Julian Zimet. The extent of their contributions to the completed picture, if any, has not been determined. The legal records also reveal that Rosenberg sent the script to Ring Lardner, Jr., but Lardner's suggestions were not incorporated into the screenplay. In Nov 1949, Twentieth Century-Fox purchased from Rosenberg his drafts and the screen rights to Stuart's book.
       A Dec 1949 HR news item noted that Lee J. Cobb was suspended by the studio for refusing a role in the picture, and in Jan 1950, HR announced that Tom Tully had been signed for the part that Cobb refused. Another Jan 1950 HR news item stated that Broadway actor Ralph Roberts been cast, but his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. According to studio records, Adelaide Klein was originally signed to play "Martha," and portions of the picture were shot on location in New York City. HR news items state that production was delayed when Dana Andrews' nose was injured in a fight staged for the ... More Less

The working title of this film was Night Cry . According to contemporary news items, William L. Stuart's novel was originally purchased in late Mar 1948 by Frank Rosenberg for production through Colony Pictures, and distribution through United Artists. Howard Duff was signed by Rosenberg to star in the picture, according to a 10 Aug 1949 HR news item. According to information in the Twentieth Century-Fox Records of the Legal Department, located at the UCLA Arts--Special Collections Library, writers employed by Rosenberg to work on the screenplay included Karl Kamb, Bernard Gordon and Julian Zimet. The extent of their contributions to the completed picture, if any, has not been determined. The legal records also reveal that Rosenberg sent the script to Ring Lardner, Jr., but Lardner's suggestions were not incorporated into the screenplay. In Nov 1949, Twentieth Century-Fox purchased from Rosenberg his drafts and the screen rights to Stuart's book.
       A Dec 1949 HR news item noted that Lee J. Cobb was suspended by the studio for refusing a role in the picture, and in Jan 1950, HR announced that Tom Tully had been signed for the part that Cobb refused. Another Jan 1950 HR news item stated that Broadway actor Ralph Roberts been cast, but his appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. According to studio records, Adelaide Klein was originally signed to play "Martha," and portions of the picture were shot on location in New York City. HR news items state that production was delayed when Dana Andrews' nose was injured in a fight staged for the film. Oleg Cassini, who designed the costumes worn by his then wife, actress Gene Tierney, made his screen acting debut in the film.
       Due to screenwriter Ben Hecht's proclaimed anti-British views, in regard to England's political relationship with Palestine, the Cinematograph Exhibitors Association passed a resolution in 1948 stating that none of its members would show a film with which Hecht was associated, according to a 26 Nov 1950 NYT article. The article notes that Where the Sidewalk Ends was exhibited in England, however, because Hecht was hired to work the picture before the ban was enacted. Hecht's name was removed from the onscreen credits, however, and the pseudonym "Rex Connor" was inserted.
       Stuart's novel was the basis for a Suspense radio broadcast on 7 Oct 1948, and Andrews reprised his film role on a 2 Apr 1951 Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story, which co-starred Anne Baxter. More Less

GEOGRAPHIC LOCATIONS
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DATE
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Box Office
1 Jul 1950.
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Daily Variety
9 Nov 1949.
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Daily Variety
26 Jun 50
p. 3, 11.
Film Daily
26 Jun 50
p. 6.
Harrison's Reports
1 Jul 50
p. 102.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 1948.
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Hollywood Reporter
23 Mar 1948.
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Hollywood Reporter
6 Oct 48
p. 6.
Hollywood Reporter
10 Aug 48
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Dec 49
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
27 Dec 49
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
16 Jan 50
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
19 Jan 50
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jan 50
p. 19.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Jan 50
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
21 Feb 50
p. 5.
Hollywood Reporter
22 Feb 50
p. 4.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Feb 50
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
28 Feb 50
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
3 Mar 50
p. 13.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Mar 50
p. 7.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Jun 50
pp. 3-4.
Motion Picture Daily
26 Jun 1950.
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Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
1 Jul 50
p. 365.
New York Times
8 Jul 50
p. 7.
New York Times
26 Nov 1950.
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Variety
28 Jun 50
p. 6.
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PHOTOGRAPHY
Dir cine
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LITERARY
Based on the novel Night Cry by William L. Stuart (New York, 1948).
DETAILS
Alternate Title:
Night Cry
Release Date:
July 1950
Premiere Information:
Los Angeles opening: 7 July 1950
New York opening: 17 July 1950
Production Date:
late January--mid March 1950
Copyright Claimant:
Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corp.
Copyright Date:
4 July 1950
Copyright Number:
LP230
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
95
Length(in feet):
8,538
Length(in reels):
10
Country:
United States
PCA No:
14458
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

New York City police detective Mark Dixon and his partner Klein return to the 16th precinct where Inspector Nicholas Foley introduces them to their new commander, Lt. Thomas. Later, Foley meets with Dixon to inform him that more battery complaints have been filed against him, but Dixon is unrepentant. That evening, informer Willie Bender visits a private gambling club run by gangster Tommy Scalise. There, out-of-towner Dick Morrison, accompanied by Ken Paine and model Morgan Taylor, is on a winning streak shooting craps. After winning nearly $20,000, Morrison gloatingly decides to leave, but Paine, who is in league with Scalise, orders Morgan to convince Morrison to continue playing. Morgan refuses and when Paine slaps her, she departs. Morrison and Paine then get into a brawl over the game, and Morrison is knocked out. Dixon, Klein and Thomas are later summoned to the club, where they find that Morrison has been knifed to death. Scalise tells them that Morrison was losing money and instigated the fight with Paine. Later, Dixon finds Paine drunk in his apartment and although he admits to the fight, he refuses to believe that Morrison is dead. When Dixon asks him to come to headquarters, Paine refuses and strikes the detective. Angered, Dixon immediately hits back, but when he attempts to rouse Paine, discovers that he is dead. As Dixon nervously considers his options, Klein telephones to inquire whether Dixon has located Paine and Dixon lies about having found him. Dixon then disguises himself in Paine's clothes and leaves the building, unaware that he has been noticed by Paine's neighbor. Later, he returns to the apartment, and, finding ... +


New York City police detective Mark Dixon and his partner Klein return to the 16th precinct where Inspector Nicholas Foley introduces them to their new commander, Lt. Thomas. Later, Foley meets with Dixon to inform him that more battery complaints have been filed against him, but Dixon is unrepentant. That evening, informer Willie Bender visits a private gambling club run by gangster Tommy Scalise. There, out-of-towner Dick Morrison, accompanied by Ken Paine and model Morgan Taylor, is on a winning streak shooting craps. After winning nearly $20,000, Morrison gloatingly decides to leave, but Paine, who is in league with Scalise, orders Morgan to convince Morrison to continue playing. Morgan refuses and when Paine slaps her, she departs. Morrison and Paine then get into a brawl over the game, and Morrison is knocked out. Dixon, Klein and Thomas are later summoned to the club, where they find that Morrison has been knifed to death. Scalise tells them that Morrison was losing money and instigated the fight with Paine. Later, Dixon finds Paine drunk in his apartment and although he admits to the fight, he refuses to believe that Morrison is dead. When Dixon asks him to come to headquarters, Paine refuses and strikes the detective. Angered, Dixon immediately hits back, but when he attempts to rouse Paine, discovers that he is dead. As Dixon nervously considers his options, Klein telephones to inquire whether Dixon has located Paine and Dixon lies about having found him. Dixon then disguises himself in Paine's clothes and leaves the building, unaware that he has been noticed by Paine's neighbor. Later, he returns to the apartment, and, finding Klein there, says he was looking for Paine elsewhere, then steers his partner away from the closet where he has hidden Paine's body. Later that night, Dixon returns to remove Paine's body and is forced to hide under the stairway when a man arrives and pounds on Paine's door. After disposing of the corpse, Paine meets Klein at the station, and Thomas tells them that Paine's bag was found at the train station, leading them to believe he has fled town. The next day, following up on Scalise's testimony, Dixon and Klein go to Morgan's modeling agency. She informs them that she is Paine's wife, although they have been separated for three months, and that she met with him without knowing that he intended to use her as bait to get Morrison to gamble. From her description of the evening, Dixon realizes her father was the man at Paine's door. Dixon invites Morgan out after she finishes work and she agrees, provided they stop at her home first. There, Morgan introduces Dixon to her cab driver father Jiggs, who recalls being a driver on one of Dixon's cases. Later, Morgan describes her rocky marriage to Paine, but their meal is interrupted when Dixon receives a call from Thomas reporting that Paine's body has been discovered. Thomas reveals that Paine had a metal plate in his head from a war wound, making his fall on the floor, not the blow, fatal. Although relieved that Paine's death was accidental, Dixon is determined to pin Paine's and Morrison's deaths on Scalise. Thomas, however, believes that Paine killed Morrison and Jiggs killed Paine, and so has Jiggs arrested. Dixon sets out to connect Scalise to the case, yet when he confronts the gambler, he is beaten up by his thugs. Dixon then visits Morgan, who has been fired because of the publicity surrounding her father's arrest. Dixon advises her to hire a lawyer, but she admits that Paine squandered their savings. That night, Dixon asks Klein for a loan and the next day arranges for Morgan to meet a reputable lawyer. Later, Foley strongly chastises Dixon for his clumsy attempt at questioning Scalise, yet orders his men to pick up Scalise's right-hand man, Steve. After putting Dixon on enforced leave, Foley tells Thomas to lean on Steve the way Dixon would. Dixon meets Morgan, who is crestfallen that the lawyer has refused Jiggs's case. Moved by her distress, Dixon describes his family history and how his father's criminal activities pushed him into law enforcement, yet left him wondering about his own capacity for lawlessness. Dixon assures Morgan that Jiggs will be fine, then leaves and picks up Willie to arrange a meeting with Scalise, who agrees to send a car for him. Before the meeting, Dixon writes a note to Foley, confessing to his part in Paine's accidental death, the cover-up, and his hopes for redemption. Later, Dixon is taken to Scalise's hideout, and when the gambler taunts Dixon about his father, Dixon attacks him, prompting Scalise to shoot him in the arm. After receiving a call advising them that Steve has confessed to murdering Morrison, Scalise and his men try to flee, but Dixon cuts the building's power. Thomas then arrives and the gang is arrested. Back at headquarters, Foley praises Dixon and returns his letter, unopened. Dixon, who is accompanied by Morgan, hesitates, then asks Foley to read the letter. Dixon then asks Foley to allow Morgan to see the letter, and, afterward, as Foley places Dixon under arrest, she promises to wait for him. +

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