director Otto Preminger
Where the Sidewalk Ends was shot on location in New York City, but since most of the events go down at night, director Otto Preminger and cinematographer Joseph LaShelle craft a mise en scène that has all the control of a studio set. There’s a shot where Dana Andrews steps outside and an elevated train in the background comes to a stop. Magical shot.
If I’d seen Where the Sidewalk Ends before having seen Preminger’s more well-appreciated Laura (1944), I might have had a better liking for his direction and noir films. This 1950 film noir, reuniting Laura stars Andrews and Gene Tierney (Wot a babe!), is far grittier and far more noir. Tierney and Andrews are great together, easy to see why they would be paired so often.
I’ll forgo summarizing the plot because I didn’t know what was going to happen and the film’s main twist came as a surprise.
I quite enjoyed it. Solid noir.