Crime, Drama, Film-Noir
November 15, 1952 (1952-11-15) (U.S.)
Horace McCoy, Warren B. Duff
Edmond O'Brien(John Conroy),
Edmond OBrien appears in The Turning Point and directed Shield for Murder
The Turning Point is a 1952 film noir crime film directed by William Dieterle 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 shot down by an out-of-town assassin who was hired to kill him at a boxing match.
Several lovations 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.
The Turning Point was presented on Broadway Playhouse May 13, 1953. The 30-minute adaptation starred Dane Clark.
ReferencesThe Turning Point (1952 film) Wikipedia
The Turning Point (1952 film) IMDb The Turning Point (1952 film) themoviedb.org