The Turning Point (1952)

Genres - Crime, Drama  |   Sub-Genres - Political Drama  |   Run Time - 85 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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Synopsis by Hal Erickson

Edmond O'Brien stars as an idealistic state's attorney assigned to crack down on a crime syndicate. This proves more dangerous than first suspected, since the syndicate has a number of city officials in its pocket--including the father of one of the investigating committee's chairpersons. William Holden is the crusading newspaperman who attempts to help O'Brien, but even his efforts are compromised by deeply entrenched political corruption. The climax is staged at a crowded boxing arena, where Holden is struck down by an assassin's bullet intended for O'Brien. Inspired by the real-life Senate investigations of 1951, The Turning Point is neither a remake of a 1917 Paramount silent of the same name, nor was the 1977 ballet-oriented Turning Point a remake of the 1952 film.



big-city, lawyer, reporter, against-the-system, organized-crime, assassination, police-corruption, political-corruption, syndicate, boxing