The Turning Point (1952 film)

For the 1977 film, see The Turning Point (1977 film).
The Turning Point

Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Dieterle
Produced by Irving Asher
Screenplay by Warren Duff
Story by Horace McCoy
Starring William Holden
Edmond O'Brien
Alexis Smith
Cinematography Lionel Lindon
Edited by George Tomasini
Paramount Pictures
Distributed by Paramount Pictures
Release dates
  • November 15, 1952 (1952-11-15) (United States)
Running time
85 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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.[1] Actress Carolyn Jones made her motion picture debut in the film.[2]


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.

Radio adaptation

The Turning Point was presented on Broadway Playhouse May 13, 1953. The 30-minute adaptation starred Dane Clark.[3]


  1. Spicer, Andrew (2010). Historical Dictionary of Film Noir. Scarecrow Press. p. 48. ISBN 978-0-8108-7378-0.
  2. "Carolyn Jones Is Dead at 50; A TV Actress". The New York Times. United Press International. August 4, 1983.
  3. Kirby, Walter (May 10, 1953). "Better Radio Programs for the Week". The Decatur Daily Review. p. 50. Retrieved June 27, 2015 via

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