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The Turning Point

The Turning Point(1952)

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The working title of this film was This Is Dynamite. Although a March 1950 Hollywood Reporter news item announced that Paramount had purchased a "forthcoming novel" by Horace McCoy, titled This Is Dynamite, the Screen Achievements Bulletin lists McCoy's story as unpublished. No evidence that the story was ever published has been found. As noted in reviews, the story was inspired by the U.S. Senate's Committee to Investigate Organized Crime, also known as the Kefauver Committee. Headed by Senator Estes Kefauver, the committee, which was active between 1950 and 1951, was charged with exposing organized crime on a national level. The Hollywood Reporter reviewer commented that Carolyn Jones, who made her screen acting debut in the picture, appearing as a blonde, delivered a "pertly provocative take-off on Virginia Hill's testimony." Hill was gangster Bugsy Siegel's girl friend and a witness before the committee. For more information about the committee, see the above entries for The Racket and The Kefauver Crime Investigation.
       According to the March 1950 Hollywood Reporter item, Alan Ladd originally was to star in the picture, and Robert Fellows to produce. Hollywood Reporter news items add the following actors to the cast: Johnny Clark, Claire Armstrong, Larry Canzolone, Bobby Castro, Norm Bishop, George Garver and Sayre Deering. Their appearance in the final film has not been confirmed. Location filming took place at Angel's Flight and Olympic Stadium in Los Angeles, according to contemporary sources. On October 5, 1954, Fred MacMurray and Joanne Dru appeared in a Lux Radio Theatre broadcast of the story.