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Edge of Doom (1950)

A mentally unbalanced young man kills a priest. One of the priest's colleagues sets out to find the killer.

Director:

Mark Robson

Writers:

Leo Brady (novel), Philip Yordan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Dana Andrews ... Father Thomas Roth
Farley Granger ... Martin Lynn
Joan Evans ... Rita Conroy
Robert Keith ... Detect. Lieutenant Mandel
Paul Stewart ... Mr. Craig
Mala Powers ... Julie
Adele Jergens ... Irene
Harold Vermilyea ... Father Kirkman
John Ridgely ... 1st Detective
Douglas Fowley ... 2nd Detective
Mabel Paige ... Mrs. Pearson
Howland Chamberlain Howland Chamberlain ... Mr. Murray, the Funeral Director
Houseley Stevenson ... Mr. Swanson, the Florist (as Houseley Stevenson Sr.)
Jean Inness Jean Inness ... Mrs. Lally (as Jean Innes)
Ellen Corby ... Mrs. Jeanette Moore
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Storyline

A poor and alienated young man (Farley Granger) who is driven to murder when a priest refuses to give is deceased mother an expensive funeral. The film explores the crippling poverty that has prevented the youth from marrying or providing his mother with enough comforts, and has led to his crime. Dana Andrews plays the compassionate assistant of the slain priest who brings about the tormented killer's repentance. Written by alfiehitchie

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murder | based on novel | See All (2) »

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100 BREATH-TAKING MINUTES OF "EDGE-OF-YOUR-SEAT" SUSPENSE AND PULSE-POUNDING MYSTERY! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

Genres:

Drama | Film-Noir

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 August 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf des Schicksals Schneide See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Granger gets caught in a mob gathering outside the Galaxy movie theater. The marquee shows it is playing "Our Very Own," which was the movie Farley Granger and Joan Evans made prior to this film. See more »

Goofs

Ned Moore assaults the priest, Father Thomas Roth, in the rectory and as the priest falls to the floor, his Roman collar falls open and hangs loose. He stands up to continue the fight with his collar fully intact. See more »

Quotes

Father Thomas Roth: You may have given up on God, but he won't give up on you.
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Referenced in Watching the Detectives (2007) See more »

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Music by Alberto Pestalozza
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Worth the free fall into glowering gloom just for the grit and pluck...
5 March 2011 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

Edge of Doom (1950)

It would be hard to find a movie as unrelentingly dark and brooding as this one. Everyone from the priest to the hero's mother, from the sweet girlfriend to the neighbor down the hall is burdened with the pain of everyday life. Most of the scenes at night, too, or inside dark rooms and hallways, or both, so the shadowy world only descends lower.

And this is partly what makes it really work. Dana Andrews is a worldly, reflective priest in a tale of redemption, actually, against all this gloom. The protagonist is a young Farley Granger, who gets in trouble from a single rash act, and is in a tailspin for the rest of the movie. From one shadowy scene to another, running through dark streets or hiding in a dingy apartment, Granger has to face his inner demon.

But Granger, like Andrews, is a thoroughly decent person inside, and the movie, despite all the negative vibes, is about faith and goodness. Director Mark Robson is not a big name, of course, but he paid his dues with some of the best--Robert Wise and Val Lewton. And he came out of an era of Hollywood that was uncompromising in its technical quality. It shows.

This is a movie with a single main theme, and if it has impassioned acting and high dramatics (at times) it also is gritty and single minded, too. The plot is packaged too neatly, and littered with Andrews narrating through the long flashback. That's its one limitation--that it's limited. But what it does do it does with real intensity.


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