Live stream preview

Watch this video and more on The Criterion Channel

Watch this video and more on The Criterion Channel

Start your free trial

Already subscribed? Sign in

1950: Peak Noir

The Breaking Point

1h 37m

Up Next in 1950: Peak Noir

  • No Way Out

    Directed by Joseph L. Mankiewicz • 1950 • United States
    Starring Richard Widmark, Linda Darnell, Sidney Poitier

    Sidney Poitier was launched to stardom with his powerful performance in this intense, unflinching exploration of racial hatred from writer-director Joseph L. Mankiewicz. When a white p...

  • Where the Sidewalk Ends

    Directed by Otto Preminger • 1950 • United States
    Starring Dana Andrews, Gene Tierney, Gary Merrill

    Ben Hecht’s hard-bitten dialogue, Otto Preminger’s morally ambiguous direction, and one of Dana Andrews’s finest performances come together in this dark, brooding procedural. New York City cop Mar...

  • The Damned Don’t Cry

    Directed by Vincent Sherman • 1950 • United States
    Starring Joan Crawford, David Brian, Steve Cochran

    In the first of her three collaborations with director Vincent Sherman, Joan Crawford brings commanding presence and hard-boiled glamour to her portrayal of a woman who uses and abandons men to ...