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The Razor's Edge1946

The Razor's Edge (1946)




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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. 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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Tyrone Power
as Larry Darrell
Gene Tierney
as Isabel Bradley
Clifton Webb
as Elliott Templeton
Anne Baxter
as Sophie MacDonald
John Payne
as Gray Maturin
Herbert Marshall
as Somerset Maugham
Lucile Watson
as Mrs. Louise Bradley
Frank Latimore
as Bob MacDonald
Elsa Lanchester
as Miss Keith
Harry Pilcer
as Specialty Dancer
Cobina Wright Sr.
as Princess Novemali
Noel Cravat
as Russian Singer
Renee Carson
as Sophie's Friend
Jean Del Val
as Police Clerk
Marie Rabasse
as Flower Woman
Barry Norton
as Escort of Princess
Helen Pasquelle
as Proprietress
Mayo Newhall
as Kibitzer
Peggy O'Neill
as Show Girl
Mary Brewer
as Show Girl
Blanche Taylor
as Show Girl
Dorothy Abbott
as Show Girl
Marge Pemberton
as Show Girl
Greta Granstedt
as Hospital Telephone Operator
Lillian Stanford
as Customer in Sulka's
George Sorel
as French Surete Man
Eddie Das
as Hindu
Hassan Khayyam
as Dr. Paul Sing
Bud Wolfe
as Corsican
Forbes Murray
as Mr. Maturin
Ray de Ravenne
as Bartender
Frances Rey
as Trollop
Henri Letondal
as Police Inspector
Laura Stevens
as Specialty Dancer
Eugene Borden
as Sea Captain
Gale Entrekin
as Sophie's Daughter
Louis Mercier
as Little Frenchman
George Davis
as Concierge
Mme. Louise Colombet
as Concierge's Wife
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Critic Reviews for The Razor's Edge

All Critics (9) | Top Critics (1)

Goulding indulges in voluptuously lit scenes dominated by well-dressed extras, lots of carousing and booze, catty dialogue, and water fountains that upstage everybody.

May 15, 2005 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

I suppose most of us are seeking some kind of solution for our daily problems and frustrations, but I'm afraid we have neither the financial means nor the spiritual tenacity to go mountain-sitting in India.

January 14, 2022 | Full Review…

It certainly follows the W. Somerset Maugham novel -- being just as verbose, obscure in its philosophy and jumbled in its construction.

July 13, 2021 | Full Review…

The start is promising and I'm immediately infected by the bombast I observe in the mise-en-scène, although in the second half I get bored when perceiving a narrative repetition planned by a superfluous indulgence. [Full review in Spanish]

July 25, 2020 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Edmund Goulding's version deserves crdit for trying to adapt Maugham's difficult existential movel, but Tyrone Power is miscast and the film is too melodramatic and verbose, failing to illustrate the novel's essence.

March 14, 2008 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Often pushing against Production Code limits, it is a fine execution of the novel

November 6, 2004 | Rating: 4/5

Audience Reviews for The Razor's Edge

An okay adaptation of Maugham. It isn't a great "returning home" film but Maugham's book does present some real challenges in terms of adaptation. A modern director likely would have been able to do the trick.

John Ballantine
John Ballantine

Super Reviewer

This movie sounds very promising, but it wasn't as good as I expected. The story is very normal, very long, and gets boring eventually. It isn't a bad movie, it just isn't the emotional, dramatic, yet entertaining film it could have been.

Aj V
Aj V

Super Reviewer


A little long but not bad. A great story too.

Michael Gildea
Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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