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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 the Grand Canyon.

Director:

Don Siegel (as Donald Siegel)

Writers:

Marion Hargrove (screenplay) (as Knut Swenson), Richard Collins (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Complete credited cast:
Cornel Wilde ... Les Martin
Victoria Shaw ... Janice Kendon
Mickey Shaughnessy ... Scotty O'Brien
Edgar Buchanan ... Sheriff Edwards
Rian Garrick Rian Garrick ... Bob Kendon
Jack Elam ... Bill Ward
Alexander Lockwood Alexander Lockwood ... Jim Kendon
Dabbs Greer ... Gas Station Attendant
Tom Fadden ... Eli Jones
Wendell Holmes Wendell Holmes ... Sam Houghton
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Storyline

Helped by socialite Janice Kendon, Arizona Deputy Sheriff Les Martin works to solve three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. His efforts lead to the killer fleeing with Janice as a hostage, and a chase by car and helicopter leading 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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The plane the smugglers used was a 1929 Curtiss-Wright Travel Air A-6000-A, #N377M. See more »

Goofs

The deputy does not drink when offered at the saloon because he's on duty and seeking information but when taking the drunk Kendon son home from that bar he accepts a beer from the guy's dad while presumably still on duty. See more »

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Of special interest to those who've lived in Kingman
21 October 2015 | by OskadoSee all my reviews

While flipping channels before leaving a hotel room, I caught sight of a screen view of Kingman's court house (Mohave County, AZ) and, moments later, a view of old main street (Beale Street). I hadn't time to watch the film, but as I'd lived in Kingman 25 years, I ordered the DVD out of curiosity to see what other old scenes it might offer.

The film appears, indeed, have been shot entirely in the Kingman area of 1959, and the city is far smaller than the one I moved to in 1982. The Grand Canyon location within the film is today that of Grand Canyon West, a touristic site belonging to the Hualapai Reservation. Remains of the funicular link to what was once a guano mine below, as well as an auto that crashed to the bottom, are still visible as a part of the GCW tour loop. A few scenes appear to have been shot in old Oatman (a picturesque ghost mining town) and some others north of Red Lake on the way to Lake Mead.

In regards to the film, I feel that 1.) its script lacks what might have been some obvious and logical improvements, 2.) its runtime needs extension by about 10 minutes to allow denouement of a number of subplots, and 3.) overall, the film is structured in a rather amateurish, low-budget fashion. Compared to many a Western film of the 1950s, however, this one is not so badly done and provides entertainment.

Despite the above criticism, I - like another reviewer - found myself looking into Victoria Shaw's biography, wondering if I might explore her appearance in other films. Unfortunately, they are very few.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 November 1959 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Dancing Lady See more »

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Budget:

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

Color:

Color (Eastman Color)

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2.35 : 1
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