Casabloga: Where The Sidewalk Ends

It’s been quite some time since I’ve done an older movie. This one is truly a classic, and yet not many have heard of it. Where The Sidewalk Ends is a film noir released in 1950.

It’s about a New York police detective, Mark Dixon (Dana Andrews) who tends to get rough with suspects. The film starts with his superior warning him that if it happens again, he’ll be seriously demoted.

Soon, there’s a murder and Dixon goes to the apartment of the main suspect, Kenneth Paine (Craig Stevens). Paine punches Dixon for not leaving, and Dixon instinctively slugs him back, killing him instantly. Turns out he had a silver plate in his head from an injury from The War, and when he hit the floor he hit that, and that’s what killed him.

Dixon immediately tries to cover his tracks, and frames Tommy Scalise (Gary Merrill), an old enemy of his. Everything I’ve described above is just within the first half hour. The film is an hour and a half. There’s not a dull moment in this film, which I highly recommend. It’s on Blu-Ray.

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About Trevor Boot

I’ve been officially writing since 2004, when I was 15, but I started writing for fun now and then in 2001, when I was 12. I mostly wrote short stories and poems, but then in 2008, I wrote my first novel, titled Xangsburgh. Before this, my writing never really had any direction. I would just write independent stories that had no connection with each other, so I always had to start over from scratch. With Xangsburgh, I had a fictional city I could base all my stories in, with the stories building on each other. For me, that made writing easier, because now I don’t have to start from scratch every time. I could use Sheriff Brock without having to introduce him every time. In 2011, I realized I really enjoyed taking pictures. Several of my friends would comment that my pictures were near-professional quality. So on top of my writing, I’m also an amateur photographer. In 2014, I published Xangsburgh, as well as a photo book with some of my favourite photos I have taken, and a book of poems I’ve written between 2001 and 2013.
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