Where the Sidewalk Ends

Synopsis: Det. Sgt. Mark Dixon always wanted to be something his old man wasn't: a guy on the right side of the law. But for a good guy, he's awfully vicious. After several complaints over his roughing people up, his boss, Insp. Nicholas Foley, demotes him. Foley tells him he's a good man, but needs to get his head on straight and be more like Det. Lt. Thomas, who has just gotten a promotion. Meanwhile, Tommy Scalise has an illegal dice game going and is looking to make a sucker out of the rich Ted Morrison, who was brought in by Ken Paine and his beautiful wife Morgan. She figures out too late her husband is using her as a decoy. Paine strikes her when she refuses to play along. The chivalrous Morrison intervenes but Paine knocks him out cold. That seems to be the worst of it, but later it turns out the guy is dead; and Paine looks guilty. Soon Dixon has fallen in love with Morgan - but not before losing his temper again and committing a terrible deed that he tries to cover up. Morgan's father,
Director(s): Otto Preminger
Production: 20th Century Fox
Rotten Tomatoes:
95 min


'13th Precinct. Address, 238 Third Avenue.

'Cars 1235, 1236 and 78.

'Signal, 30. Authority, CB. Time, 9.03pm.

'Dispatcher number 79.

Car 905, call the dispatcher.

'88, 394. Dispatcher 88.

'73rd Precinct. Address, 171 Herzl Street.

'Cars 1634, 1635 and 89.

'Signal, 32.

Auto, out-of-town licence plates.

'Operator entered basement

of that address.

'Authority, CB. Time, 9.05pm.

'Stations 88, 394. Dispatcher number 79.'

- Hello, Murphy.

- You're late for the ceremony.

- Still up in the squad room?

- Yeah.

Lieutenant Thomas will be in charge

of this precinct...

...and no-one else.

So far as you are concerned,

he has no superiors.

You'll give him your co-operation...

and your obedience,

and I expect this precinct

to maintain its high record with the

department under your new lieutenant.

Do you wish to make any remarks,


I'll talk to the men individually.

Good idea.

Dixon, I want to talk to you.

- I'll use your office, Thomas.

- Yes, sir.

- That's all, boys.

- Congratulations.

Good luck, Lieutenant.

Sit down, Dixon.

We've had 12 more legitimate citizen

complaints against you this month

for assault and battery.

From who? Hoods, dusters, mugs.

Lot of nickel rats.

You're a big disappointment to me, Dixon.

You've just seen a man who

started out at the same time you did

take a big step up in the department,

which you'll never do

unless you get hold of yourself.

I know what to get hold of, sir:

a little more pull.

Sit still!

You've got to learn what's expected

of a police officer and what isn't.

Yes, sir. I'll try to learn

not to hate hoods so much.

You don't hate hoodlums, you like

to beat them up. You get fun out of it.

You like to read about yourself

in the newspapers

as the tough cop

who isn't afraid to wade in anywhere.

Your job is to detect criminals,

not to punish them.

Is that all, sir?

I'm reducing your rank, Dixon.

You're going back to second grade.

Any more complaints against you

for cruelty or roughhouse

and you'll be back in uniform

pounding a beat.

It's no fun telling you this.

You're a good man with a good brain,

but you're no good to the department

unless you learn to control yourself.

All right, you can go now.

Thank you, sir, for the advice.

Hey, Willie. Willie!

How you feeling, Willie?

Feeling fine, thanks.

Don't you think

you'd better be in bed, Willie?

Parole rules allow me to 12 o'clock.

I got 20 minutes yet.

How's Mr Scalise, Willie?

What you tryin' to do, trap me?

I ain't consortin' with questionable

characters and nobody can prove I am.

That's a nice boy.

You better get to bed, it's good for you.


- Who is it?

- Willie.

My point. Come on,

eight the hard way, two fours.

- Seven the loser.

- You're lucky tonight, Mr Morrison.

The little lady brought me luck.

- Your dice, Mr Paine.

- Pass.

- Your dice, Mr Morrison.

- OK, I'll shoot 3,000.

- I'll take one.

- I'll take 500 of it.

I'll take the rest. You're covered.

- Hello.

- Care to join our game, Mr Bender?

- Sure, sure.

- How are things?

Oh, fine.

Bumped into a couple of old friends

of ours, Dixon and Klein.

They asked about you,

but I think they're too busy to drop in.

Too bad.

All right, come on, dice!

Give it to me, a six. Right back.

Here we go, six!

- Ten.

- Ten.

Mr Morrison is from Texas, and very rich.

Here, you breathe on 'em.

Now you got Lady Luck ridin'

with you, dice. This is it, a six!

Give it to me!

There it is, a six!

- And getting richer.

- Six is my lucky number.

I'll shoot the whole 6,000.

- Are you taking any, gentlemen?

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Ben Hecht

Ben Hecht (1894–1964) was an American screenwriter, director, producer, playwright, journalist and novelist. A journalist in his youth, he went on to write thirty-five books and some of the most entertaining screenplays and plays in America. He received screen credits, alone or in collaboration, for the stories or screenplays of some seventy films. more…

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