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The Razor's Edge (1946)

 -  Drama  -  December 1946 (USA)
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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.

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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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Hunger no love . . . woman . . . or wealth could satisfy!

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December 1946 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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

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$1,200,000 (estimated)
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Fox purchased the screen rights to the novel in March 1945 for $250,000 plus 20% of the net profits. To avoid another $50,000 specified in the contract if the principle photography was not started by 2 February 1946, producer Darryl F. Zanuck provided for location shooting in the mountains around Denver, Colorado (the Himalayas in the film) in August 1945. The cast had not yet been set, so the character of Larry was played by a double and seen only in long-shot. Zanuck hoped to get 'Tyrone Power (I)' to star and delayed casting until Power was released from military service in Januay 1946. See more »

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Tyrone's sideburns don't match and keep changing at the beginning of the film. See more »

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Isabel Bradley: But I don't want to live on $3000 a year!
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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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April Showers
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Music by Louis Silvers
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"Perhaps, Gene Tierney and Clifton Webb's finest performances ever"
10 July 2005 | by (United States BOULDER COUNTY COLORADO) – See all my reviews

The Razer's Edge is not a light film, dark and inspirational, and requires your full attention.

Clifton Webb's best performance, even better than Laura, perhaps. Ms. Tierney's best performance, even better than Laura, as well.

When I was growing up in Junction City, Kansas, Ms. Tierney, was at Menninger's Mental Health Hospital. She was working in a dress shop, in Topeka, Kansas, as part of her therapy.

I have always loved The Razer's Edge, Herbert Marshall, is splendid, and provided the key support, for Webb and Tierney's performances.

They all seemed to feel this picture was important, and did their best to bring the words to live on the screen. Ensemble acting by the group made this film, fly and become a hidden treasure in film history of its time, 1945-46. Perfect film for returning warriors from WW2, as a bridge of hope, to find themselves and repair the wounded souls of war.

Alfred Newman's musical score, is one of his best. Bravo to them and what a treat for students of film, to learn from its presentation.


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