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The Razor's Edge (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 25 December 1946 (USA)
An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.

Director:

Edmund Goulding

Writers:

Lamar Trotti (screen play), W. Somerset Maugham (from the novel by)
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Complete credited cast:
Tyrone Power ... Larry Darrell
Gene Tierney ... Isabel Bradley
John Payne ... Gray Maturin
Anne Baxter ... Sophie MacDonald
Clifton Webb ... Elliott Templeton
Herbert Marshall ... W. Somerset Maugham
Lucile Watson ... Louisa Bradley
Frank Latimore ... Bob MacDonald
Elsa Lanchester ... Miss Keith
Fritz Kortner ... Kosti
John Wengraf ... Joseph - Butler
Cecil Humphreys Cecil Humphreys ... Holy Man
Harry Pilcer ... Specialty Dancer
Cobina Wright Sr. Cobina Wright Sr. ... Princess Novemali
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Well-to-do Chicagoan, Larry Darrell, breaks off his engagement to Isabel and travels the world seeking enlightenment, eventually finding his guru India. Isabel marries Gray, and following the crash of 1929, is invited to live in Paris with her rich, social climbing, Uncle Elliot. During a sojurn there, Larry, having attained his goal, is reunited with Isabel. While slumming one night Larry, Isabel and company are shocked to discover Sophie, a friend from Chicago. Having lost her husband and child in a tragic accident, Sophie is living the low-life with the help of drugs and an abusive brute. Larry tries to rehabilitate her, but his efforts are sabotaged by Isabel who tries in vain to reignite Larry's interest in herself. Written by Richard Blinkal <phelam@netcom.com>

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Theirs was a love hunger no earthly love could satisfy! See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Trivia

Anabel Shaw was offered the role of Sophie. Bonita Granville was about to be cast when Anne Baxter asked to try out for the part. See more »

Goofs

When Tyrone Power is getting the invitation from Elsa Lancaster, the lighting from the front right casts the actors' shadows on the wall as they walk to the window. As Tyrone Power exits through the window, the shadow of a woman's head appears on the wall. See more »

Quotes

Isabel Bradley: Larry, how can you bear to sit here in a backwash, when America is living through the most glorious adventure the world has ever known? You've been away a year now, a whole year out of your life. You just can't go on loafing for ever! Or, can you?
Larry Darrell: It's possible.
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Crazy Credits

When the screenplay credits are shown, a curious symbol appears near W. Somerset Maugham's name. It's a symbol meant to ward off the evil eye, and it more often than not appeared on the covers of many of Maugham's novels. See more »

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Frère Jacques
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Traditional
Sung a cappella by Susan Hartmann and Suzanne O'Connor
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Power's first post-war film about man's search for truth and salvation...
16 April 2001 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

Tyrone Power's studio gave him an ambitious project when he returned from the war--a screen version of Somerset Maugham's 'The Razor's Edge', the story of a man's quest for his spiritual side and salvation. Opposed to his quest is the selfish, beautiful Isabel (Gene Tierney) who marries another man (John Payne) but later, out of jealousy, tries to prevent Power's marriage to her friend, Sophie (Anne Baxter). The best scenes in the film come in the final confrontation between Tierney and Power when she reveals what she has done to help destroy Baxter. Tierney excelled at playing jealous, possessive women (as in 'Leave Her To Heaven') and her Isabel is just another extension of other such roles. But she is ideal for the part and is strikingly attractive in one of her best roles. Power meets her only half way. His Larry is not quite strong enough to be the protagonist described in the Maugham novel. Other performances are excellent, especially Clifton Webb who was nominated for an Oscar as the prissy Elliot Templeton. Anne Baxter is moving as Sophie and deserved her Supporting Role Oscar. But the film, although interesting throughout, tends to be a rambling, overblown story that seems as cold as its central character. We always feel we're outside looking in. It lacks heart--but from what I've heard of the more recent Bill Murray film, it is superior to the remake.


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Country:

USA

Language:

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Release Date:

25 December 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

W. Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge See more »

Filming Locations:

Denver, Colorado, USA See more »

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Budget:

$1,200,000 (estimated)
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Twentieth Century Fox See more »
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Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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