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Edge of Eternity (1959)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Mystery | 2 November 1959 (USA)
In the 1950s, Arizona deputy sheriff Les Martin is pressured by his community to solve a string of mysterious murders around a mining ghost town in Grand Canyon.


(as Donald Siegel)


(screenplay) (as Knut Swenson), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Les Martin
Janice Kendon
Scotty O'Brien
Sheriff Edwards
Rian Garrick ...
Bob Kendon
Bill Ward
Alexander Lockwood ...
Jim Kendon
Gas Station Attendant
Tom Fadden ...
Eli Jones
Wendell Holmes ...
Sam Houghton


Helped by socialite Janice Kendon and barkeeper Scott O'Brien, Arizona deputy sheriff Les Martin works to solve three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. His efforts leads to the killer fleeing with Janice as a hostage and a chase by car and helicopter lead to a climax on a miner's bucket on cables a mile above the canyon floor. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Violence careens across the Grand Canyon! See more »


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Release Date:

2 November 1959 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Deadly is the Canyon  »

Box Office


$700,000 (estimated)

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound Recording)


(Eastman Color)

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


Opening credits: The characters and incidents portrayed and the names used herein are fictitious, and any similarity to the name, character or history of any person is entirely accidental and unintentional. See more »


Shots of the County Courthouse show that the correct spelling of the actual Arizona county where the action is set is "Mohave". However, on one of the teletypes coming into police headquarters, the county's name is spelled "Mojave", the Spanish spelling. See more »

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Grand vistas of the Grand Canyon
2 December 2015 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

One of nature's natural wonders the Grand Canyon of Arizona serves as the backdrop to this modern day western where a breakout of three murders occur within a week. They don't seem to be related but of course they are and Deputy Sheriff Cornel Wilde pursues them all with the backing of Sheriff Edgar Buchanan.

Wilde and Buchanan have their work cut out for them. The prosecuting attorney is from a different political party which backed a candidate against Wilde in the last election in Mohave County. Wilde's had issues in the past and his conduct of the investigation is used against Buchanan.

In all of this it centers around a scheme to steal gold out of a working mine in the Grand Canyon that's owned by Victoria Shaw and her family. Wilde and her get a little romance going and her knowledge of fashion and designer labels is what gives him the clue to crack things open.

The last 20 minutes involve the villain taking Victoria Shaw hostage with a nasty fight on a cable car that goes over the canyon between Wilde and the villain. Really well done a harbinger of some of the action stuff that is more prevalent in today's films. All staged and directed with distinction by Don Siegel.

Edge Of Eternity is a crackerjack noir mystery set in the modern west, but hardly in a tight urban setting. You can't get more expansive than the Grand Canyon and I saw it about 5 years after Edge Of Eternity was filmed there. Grand doesn't begin to describe it, but this film will give you some idea.

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