Razor's Edge

Razor's Edge

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Director: Edmund Goulding

Cast: Demetrius Alexis, Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney

     
 

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After several years' service with the Marines in World War II, Tyrone Power made his much anticipated return to the screen in The Razor's Edge. Power is appropriately cast as disillusioned World War I vet Larry Darrell, who returns from hostilities questioning his old values. To find himself, Larry joins several other members of the Lost Generation in Paris. HeSee more details below

Overview

After several years' service with the Marines in World War II, Tyrone Power made his much anticipated return to the screen in The Razor's Edge. Power is appropriately cast as disillusioned World War I vet Larry Darrell, who returns from hostilities questioning his old values. To find himself, Larry joins several other members of the Lost Generation in Paris. He is disillusioned once more when the society deb whom he loves, Isabel Bradley (Gene Tierney), marries another for wealth and position. She returns to Larry's life to break up his romance with unstable, alcoholic Sophie MacDonald (Anne Baxter in a powerhouse Oscar-winning performance). After Sophie's death, Larry determines that the life offered him by Isabel is not to his liking, and continues seeking his true place in the scheme of things. Acting as a respite between the plot's various intrigues is Clifton Webb as a waspish social arbiter, who ends up a lonely, dying man, imperiously dictating arrangements for his own funeral. The Razor's Edge was based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham, who appears onscreen in the form of Herbert Marshall. The film would be remade in 1984, with Bill Murray in the Tyrone Power role. This film re-teamed Tierney and Webb two years after their appearance together in Laura.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Bruce Eder
Somerset Maugham's The Razor's Edge becomes Edmund Goulding's The Razor's Edge in this sprawling, opulent production -- and that is not a bad thing, as the novel lent itself to that sort of treatment, with a rich array of characters and settings. And Goulding may have been exactly the right director -- given his history with Grand Hotel -- to bring such a story to the screen, especially as he got powerful performances out of his entire cast. Tyrone Power, with a great deal to prove in his first post-war role, lives up to expectations and then some, with Clifton Webb, Gene Tierney, Anne Baxter, John Payne, and Herbert Marshall (as Maugham close behind -- and even those in the smaller roles (most notably Fritz Kortner as a defrocked priest) rise to the occasion in stunning fashion. The cinematography and music are also lush in the extreme, and the entire work would be overwhelming if Goulding didn't keep things moving at a good clip. Ultimately, the 146 minute movie is an amazing balancing act that comes off in all departments -- the kind of high-toned, highly literary work that Hollywood usually seemed to do more reliably in the silent era.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/24/2005
UPC:
0024543172383
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
20th Century Fox
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame]
Time:
2:25:00
Sales rank:
5,594

Special Features

Closed Caption; Commentary by film historians Anthony Slide and Robert Birchard; Movietone news footage ("Honoring Somerset Maugham's Book," film premiere and Oscar presentations); Full frame format (aspect ratio: 1.33:1); Audio: English stereo, English mono, Spanish mono; Subtitles: English, Spanish

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Demetrius Alexis Abbe
Tyrone Power Larry Darrell
Gene Tierney Isabel Bradley
Walter Bonn Butler
John Payne Gray Maturin
Anne Baxter Sophie MacDonald
Eugene Borden Sea Captain
Clifton Webb Elliott Templeton
Renee Carson Sophie's Friend
Herbert Marshall Somerset Maugham
André Charlot Bishop
Noel Cravat Russian Singer
Jean de Briac Lawyer
Ray DeRavenne Bartender
Jean del Val Police Clerk
Cecil Humphreys Holy Man
Fritz Kortner Kosti
Isabelle Lamore Maid
Elsa Lanchester Miss Keith
Frank Latimore Bob MacDonald
Henri Letondal Police Inspector
Frances Morris Nurse
Forbes Murray Mr. Maturin
Albert Petit Albert
Harry Pilcer Specialty Dancer
Lucile Watson Mrs. Louise Bradley
John Wengraf Joseph
Cobina Wright Princess Novemali
Dorothy Abbott Actor
Frank Arnold Actor
Louis Bacigalupi Miner
Patti Behrs Guest
Mary Brewer Actor
Marcel dela Brosse Conductor
Louise Colombet Concierge's Wife
Eddie Das Hindu
George Davis Concierge
Juan Duval Actor
Fred Farrell Actor
Bess Flowers Matron
Sol (Saul) Gorss Drunk
Greta Granstedt Hospital Telephone Operator
Hassan Khayyam Hindu
Louis Mercier Little Frenchman
Mayo Newhall Kibitzer
Barry Norton Escort of Princess
Peggy O'Neill Actor
Albert Pollet Man
Frances Ray Trollop
Richard Shaw Intern
George Sorel French Surete Man
Adele St. Maur Nurse
Hermine Sterler Nurse
Blanche Taylor Actor
Roger Valmy Coco
Marek Windheim Waiter
Bud Wolfe Corsican

Technical Credits
Edmund Goulding Director
Oleg Cassini Costumes/Costume Designer
Richard Day Art Director
Paul S. Fox Set Decoration/Design
Mack Gordon Songwriter
Nathan Juran Art Director
Charles LeMaire Costumes/Costume Designer
Thomas K. Little Set Decoration/Design
W. Somerset Maugham Source Author
Arthur C. Miller Cinematographer
Alfred Newman Score Composer
Harry Pilcer Choreography
Fred Sersen Special Effects
Lamar Trotti Screenwriter
J. Watson Webb Editor
Darryl F. Zanuck Producer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Main Titles [1:34]
2. Dinner Party [6:31]
3. Ripples [3:17]
4. Survivor Guilt [4:55]
5. Checklist [2:02]
6. A Visit to Paris [3:44]
7. Asking Too Much [4:30]
8. Last Fling [4:59]
9. The Inevitable [:13]
10. Running From God [8:42]
11. Razor's Edge [:34]
12. Tragic Accident [4:49]
13. Infinite Beauty [5:11]
14. Catching Up [:47]
15. Healing Powers [5:12]
16. Slumming [3:23]
17. Lapsed Purity [5:00]
18. Phone Call [1:37]
19. Noble Sacrifice [5:47]
20. At the Ritz [6:07]
21. Temptation [:11]
22. The Search [1:43]
23. Sophie's Death [8:46]
24. Slighted [2:38]
25. RSVP Regrets [2:09]
26. Second Chances [5:21]
27. Awful Truth [2:13]
28. Goodness/End Titles [2:15]

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