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Edge of Fury (1958)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama | May 1958 (USA)
A psychopathic young beachcomber pretends to befriend a mother and two daughters living at their summer home.

Directors:

Robert J. Gurney Jr. (as Robert Gurney Jr.), Irving Lerner

Writers:

Robert M. Coates (novel), Ted Berkman (story adaptation) | 2 more credits »
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Credited cast:
Michael Higgins ... Richard Barrie
Lois Holmes Lois Holmes ... Florence Hackett
Jean Allison ... Eleanor Hackett
Doris Fesette Doris Fesette ... Louisa Hackett
Malcolm Lee Beggs Malcolm Lee Beggs ... (as Malcolm Beggs)
Craig Kelly Craig Kelly ... Chub
John Harvey John Harvey
Beatrice Furdeaux Beatrice Furdeaux ... (as Beatrice Furdaux)
Mary Boylan Mary Boylan ... Jenny (as Mary Elizabeth Boylan)
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John Harvey John Harvey ... Freddie
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A psychopathic young beachcomber pretends to befriend a mother and two daughters living at their summer home.

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USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

May 1958 (USA) See more »

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Furia incontenible See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Grim, yet empathetic case study of a mentally unstable outsider
2 August 2018 | by EyeAskanceSee all my reviews

This unduly sidestepped thriller, one quite shocking for its time, recounts a psychologically troubled young painter named Richard who seeks clinical help for his worrisome condition, but is repeatedly turned away in view of his impecunious financial status. While he struggles through a tangle of procedural red tape and empty promises from indifferent social workers, his mental state grows increasingly discordant. One afternoon, he has a chance meeting with a kindly widow and her two grown daughters, and, seizing this opportunity for some much-needed stability, proceeds to sagaciously enmesh himself into their lives. It's a satisfactory situation at first, though the ladies soon begin taking notice of his high-strung, impetuous peculiarities and awkward reactions to rather benign matters(especially those of an intimate nature). Tensions escalate, and latterly give rise to unspeakable tragedy.

EDGE OF FURY is a surprisingly accomplished low-budget picture, chiefly owing to the artful and highly atmospheric black-and-white cinematography, and also to the talented key players whose names you probably don't know, but whose faces may seem familiar. It's a downbeat, extremely lurid picture, yet it approaches its core issue of criminal mental illness with some degree of sensitivity and honesty. I suspect this is a possible candidate for the small canon of "film gris"...a proposed subcategory of film noir. The distinctions, though somewhat unclear, point toward pessimistic crime dramas with a left-leaning narrative, generally cautioning that violent criminals are a natural product of the blameful society they prey upon. The femme fatale has motives which are made clear from the start, and the shadowy world so known to noir differs from that of gris, which is otherwise more stark and saturated in a drab palate of neutral and grey tones. EDGE OF FURY affirms itself to this checklist, though its production date of 1953 puts it slightly outside the presently delineated film-gris timeline.

All said, a well-made and ahead-of-its-time picture which is quite overdue for rediscovery. 7/10


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