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The Naked Edge (1961)

Five years after George Radcliffe was the chief witness in a high profile murder case, his wife receives a blackmailing letter accusing him of the crime.

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George Radcliffe
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Martha Radcliffe
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Jeremy Clay
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Mrs. Heath
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Lilly Harris
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Mr. Evan Wrack
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Morris Brooke
Ronald Howard ...
Mr. Claridge
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Donald Heath
Sandor Elès ...
Manfridi St John
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Mr. Pom
Helen Cherry ...
Miss Osborne
Joyce Carey ...
Victoria Hicks
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Betty
Frederick Leister ...
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George Radcliffe's testimony sends Donald Heath to prison for murder and the theft of over 60,000 pounds. Soon after, Radcliffe invests a large sum of money in an ultimately profitable business venture. Martha Radcliffe begins to suspect her husband of the crime. Written by Greg Helton <ghelton@airmail.net>

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NO ONE - ABSOLUTELY NO ONE - SEATED DURING THE LAST 13 MINUTES (all original posters and print ads - all caps) See more »

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18 August 1961 (Netherlands)  »

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Ein Mann geht seinen Weg  »

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1.66 : 1
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Just after filming ended Gary Cooper's cancer was found to be terminal on 27 December 1960. Cooper himself was not even informed that he had cancer until the following February. See more »

Quotes

Mrs. Heath: [Lifting an empty rat trap] Hungry rats always get the bait without getting caught.
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"Ladies and gentlemen, you now know who killed Jason Roote. Please do not reveal the secret to anyone." See more »

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Kerr, the music and the director ruin this one....
28 January 2016 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

When the film begins, George Radcliffe (Gary Cooper) is in court testifying in a murder case. Another man is subsequently convicted of the murder and the story jumps ahead several years. Now Radcliffe is rich and successful...and his wife receives an anonymous blackmail note. The note would seem to indicate that George was the real murderer! Well, instead of going to the police like any sane woman, she whines and way, way overacts for the entire rest of the film and I don't think I've ever seen Deborah Kerr more shrill and awful. She's not an actress, she's an over-actress!!! She overacts so badly it's embarrassing and I am shocked the director didn't tone down her performance so she only seemed like a totally crazy person (this would have been an improvement!!). But to make matters worse, in some of the subsequent scenes, the music goes nuts...absolutely nuts...with strains that sure sound inspired by the soundtrack from "Psycho". The problem is that NOTHING IS HAPPENING in these scenes and the music is totally inappropriate!!!

"The Naked Edge" could have been a very good film. It's obvious that the director was going for a 'Hitchcockian' sort of picture but there are just to many problems with his direction and it comes off as second rate (at best). Now the problem is NOT the script. After all, Joseph Stefano wrote it...and he's the same guy responsible for "Psycho" and many of the best "Outer Limits" episodes. The story, aside from the overacting and bad music, is actually VERY good....even if it is highly reminiscent of "Suspicion". No, the problem is something that I would pin on three things...and sadly, it's Gary Cooper's last film and he deserved better.

With different music and a different actress (or different direction) it could have easily earned an 8 or possibly a 9. The film is like a beautiful mansion that has dry rot and extensive termite damage hidden within the walls and foundation.


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