TURNING POINT, THE (1952)
Prosecutor John Conroy (Edmond O’Brien) leads a government probe into a crime syndicate headed by sinister Neil Eichelberger (Ed Begley), but he's hamstrung by pervasive political corruption. Crusading reporter Jerry McKibbon (William Holden) agrees to assist — while he and Conroy vie for the attention of the loyal Amanda Waycross (Alexis Smith). The hard-edged script (based on an unpublished novel by Horace McCoy) is a real-life lift from the Kefauver Committee's exposé of organized crime on the national level. Bunker Hill, Angel's Flight and Olympic Auditorium all accentuate the period realism. Co-starring Tom Tully, Ted de Corsia and Ray Teal. (Note courtesy of the American Cinematheque.) DIR William Dieterle; SCR Warren Duff, from the story by Horace McCoy; PROD Irving Asher. U.S., 1952, b&w, 85 min. NOT RATED
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