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The Edge of the World (1937)

Passed  -  Drama | History | Romance  -  9 September 1938 (USA)
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A way of life is dying on an Outer Hebridean island fishing port, but some of the inhabitants resist evacuating to the mainland.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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The Manson Family: Peter
Belle Chrystall ...
The Manson Family: Ruth, His Daughter
Eric Berry ...
The Manson Family: Robbie, Her Brother
Kitty Kirwan ...
The Manson Family: Jean, Their Grandmother
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The Gray Family: James
Niall MacGinnis ...
The Gray Family: Andrew, His Son (as Niall Macginnis)
Grant Sutherland ...
The Catechist
Campbell Robson ...
The Laird
George Summers ...
The Skipper
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Storyline

A trio wanders the cliffs of an Outer Hebridean island and encounters a gravestone at the edge of a precipice; it reads, "Peter Manson ... gone over." One man in the trio knows the story of the gravestone and tells it to the others... It is ten years earlier, and the way of life on the island is dying; steam trawlers from the mainland threaten its survival as a fishing port. Peter Manson, one of the community's leaders, resists evacuating to the mainland, though his son Robbie is about to leave the island himself. Meanwhile, Robbie's twin sister plans to marry his best friend, Andrew Gray. Andrew and Robbie argue over evacuation and decide to settle the matter by racing to the top of a cliff. Ruth is terrified: she may lose them both. The race ends in tragedy, which tears apart the families of Manson and Gray. Times passes and Ruth reveals she is pregnant with an illegitimate child. This promises to bring the two families back together, but not before desperation hits the islanders. ... Written by sspurli

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9 September 1938 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A l'angle du monde  »

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£20,000 (estimated)
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(Marconi's Visatone System)

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1.37 : 1
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The cast and crew stayed on Foula for many months. This was before the airstrip was built and they had to use local fishing boats as ferries. See more »

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In the sequence in which Ruth runs down and uphill then to the shore, she is first barefoot, then wearing shoes, then barefoot again. See more »

Crazy Credits

[before opening credits] The slow shadow of Death is falling on the outer isles of Scotland. [scrolls up] This is the story of one of them -- and all of them. When the Roman Fleet first sailed round Britain they saw from the Orkneys a distant island, like a blue haze across a hundred miles of sea. They called it - "ULTIMA THULE" [main title] THE EDGE OF THE WORLD See more »

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Referenced in Dad's Army: The Lion Has 'Phones (1969) See more »

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Psalm 23
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Words from the biblical 23rd psalm
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A recently watched film
13 March 2005 | by (Shetland, Scotland) – See all my reviews

It was very strange watching a film that was shot on an Island that I can see out of my living room window (on clear days).

The film touched on many issues that affected people of the Shetlands around that time, but you should glad hearted, because in REAL life the people of Foula (the REAL Island) still managed to survive, there are approx 30 people living on Foula (Pronouced "Fulla") at this time, and they now have (as from the end of 2004), for the first time 24 hour electricity! (previously only 15 hours a days worth).

Of course, none of the main characters are from Shetland, because they sound Scottish. (The Shetland accent is a mix of Scots and Norwegian Dialect), but the film does its best.. and people who lived in Shetland NEVER spoke Scottish Gaelic.. ever.. tho they did speak Danish before the 17th Century...

This film is available in the Shetland Libraries, and it is watched with much mirth by us... watch and enjoy!


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