Edge of Doom

Edge of Doom

Director: Mark Robson, Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Joan Evans

Cast: Mark Robson, Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, Joan Evans

     
 
An unusually morbid film from producer Samuel Goldwyn, Edge of Doom stars Farley Granger as a sensitive young man trapped in an impoverished slum existence. Granger becomes unhinged when his beloved mother dies, and when an unfeeling elderly priest refuses to provide the woman with a lavish funeral, Granger savagely kills the priest. The boy's subsequent moody

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An unusually morbid film from producer Samuel Goldwyn, Edge of Doom stars Farley Granger as a sensitive young man trapped in an impoverished slum existence. Granger becomes unhinged when his beloved mother dies, and when an unfeeling elderly priest refuses to provide the woman with a lavish funeral, Granger savagely kills the priest. The boy's subsequent moody behavior is chalked down to grief over his mother, but a younger and more compassionate priest (Dana Andrews) suspects something is amiss. In as gentle a fashion as possible, the priest persuades Granger to confess to the crime and seek divine forgiveness. Joan Evans, a Goldwyn contractee for whom "big things" were predicted, plays the totally forgettable love interest for the tortured Granger.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Edge of Doom is a surprisingly bleak film noir, and that's saying something. It's also a somewhat frustrating one, as it could have been a truly exceptional film but had to settle for being merely quite good. The main problem are the prologue and epilogue that bookend the film; these were written after the film was completed and released, and the tacked-on feeling they give to the piece is unmistakable. Between this beginning and this end, the screenplay makes some other mistakes, soft pedaling a little of the conflict and simplifying some characters and their motivations; but these would have been easier to overlook had the opening and closing segments not been forced on Doom. Even with these flaws, Doom is quite effective and in places remarkably powerful, especially when its social conscience meshes with its story and the two build up a good head of steam. Mark Robson directs the main body of the story with skill and precision, aided enormously by Harry Stradling's commanding and compelling cinematography. Doom would be even better if it had stronger performances from Farley Granger and Dana Andrews; they're both fine, but one wishes they had delved a little deeper into their roles. Fortunately, there's excellent support from Robert Keith and Paul Stewart to help make up for this defect. Doom may miss being an outstanding film, but it's got more than enough going for it to make it a must-see for noir fans.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/09/2016
UPC:
0888574378660
Original Release:
1950
Source:
Warner Archives
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
1:37:00
Sales rank:
13,044

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dana Andrews Father Roth
Farley Granger Martin Lynn
Joan Evans Rita Conroy
Robert Keith Mandel
Mala Powers Julie
Paul Stewart Craig
Adele Jergens Irene
Harold Vermilyea Father Kirkman
John Ridgely Detective
Douglas Fowley Detective
Mabel Paige Mrs. Pearson
Howland Chamberlain Mr. Murray
Jean Innes Mrs. Lally
Ellen Corby Mrs. Moore
Ray Teal Ned Moore
Mary Field Mary Jane Glennon
Virginia Brissac Mrs.Dennis
Frances Morris Mrs. Lynn
Houseley Stevenson Mr. Swanson

Technical Credits
Mark Robson Director
Ben Hecht Screenwriter
Richard Day Art Director
Hugo W. Friedhofer Score Composer
Samuel Goldwyn Producer
Julia Heron Set Decoration/Design
Dan Mandell Editor
Emil Newman Musical Direction/Supervision
Blague Stephanoff Makeup
Harry Stradling Cinematographer
Mary Wills Costumes/Costume Designer
Philip Yordan Screenwriter

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Edge of Doom
1. Chapter 1 [7:24]
2. Chapter 2 [7:46]
3. Chapter 3 [8:03]
4. Chapter 4 [7:34]
5. Chapter 5 [7:36]
6. Chapter 6 [8:45]
7. Chapter 7 [8:17]
8. Chapter 8 [9:50]
9. Chapter 9 [7:56]
10. Chapter 10 [6:59]
11. Chapter 11 [8:17]
12. Chapter 12 [8:07]
13. Chapter 13 [:38]

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