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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.

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(as Donald Siegel)

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(screenplay) (as Knut Swenson), (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Les Martin
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Janice Kendon
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Scotty O'Brien
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Sheriff Edwards
Rian Garrick ...
Bob Kendon
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Bill Ward
Alexander Lockwood ...
Jim Kendon
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Gas Station Attendant
Tom Fadden ...
Eli Jones
Wendell Holmes ...
Sam Houghton
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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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Mile-High Suspense In The Grand Canyon! See more »


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2 November 1959 (USA)  »

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Deadly is the Canyon  »

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$700,000 (estimated)
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(RCA Sound Recording)

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2.35 : 1
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The plane the smugglers use is a 1929 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air A-6000-A, #N377M. See more »

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After they've retrieved Charley's body from the canyon, the camera pans on the seaplane taking off from the river and the shadows of the camera crew are clearly visible on a boulder in the foreground. See more »

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Expert in Shades of Red
17 February 2008 | by (Claremont,USA) – See all my reviews

Unusual outdoor suspenser from Columbia studios, guided by sure-hand of cult director Don Siegel. It's a super-slick production that makes great scenic use of the magnificent Grand Canyon. Nothing profound or head-scratching here, just A-grade movie entertainment.

A string of mysterious murders in a remote Arizona ghost town has deputy Cornel Wilde flummoxed and sheriff Edgar Buchanan about to lose his job. Add to that the sassy and beauteous Victoria Shaw in red-haired Technicolor, gabby bartender Mickey Shaugnessy, and professional hick Tom Fadden, and you've got a cast lively enough to compete with the compelling scenery. Even the stolid Wilde loosens up more than usual, though his countrified accent sort of comes and goes.

Great staging. I really liked the scene at the abandoned mine, where Shaw explains what happened to the fabled gold-mining industry after the war. This may be the only screenplay to take up that topic, which seems odd given the metal's rich role in the settling of the West. So if you're curious about why the industry suddenly disappeared from the American landscape, this is the movie to catch.

The episode in the "dancing bucket" is a real hair-raiser. If I recall a book correctly, Shaw was terrified of doing those high-wire scenes and Siegel had to go to some lengths to get them shot. Given the heights involved, that's not surprising. Anyway, there's action, mystery and plenty to look at including Miss Shaw who unfortunately died much too young. So if you've got a spare 90 minutes, scope out the kind of movie Hollywood was making back when Cinemascope was trying to lure audiences away from the little screen.


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