The Razor's Edge (1946)

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An adventuresome young man goes off to find himself and loses his socialite fiancée in the process. But when he returns 10 years later, she will stop at nothing to get him back, even though she is already married.



  • Gene Tierney in The Razor's Edge (1946)
  • Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney in The Razor's Edge (1946)
  • The Razor's Edge (1946)
  • Tyrone Power and Anne Baxter in The Razor's Edge (1946)
  • The Razor's Edge (1946)
  • Tyrone Power and Gene Tierney in The Razor's Edge (1946)

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16 April 2001 | Doylenf
Power's first post-war film about man's search for truth and salvation...
Tyrone Power's studio gave him an ambitious project when he returned from the war--a screen version of Somerset Maugham's 'The Razor's Edge', the story of a man's quest for his spiritual side and salvation. Opposed to his quest is the selfish, beautiful Isabel (Gene Tierney) who marries another man (John Payne) but later, out of jealousy, tries to prevent Power's marriage to her friend, Sophie (Anne Baxter). The best scenes in the film come in the final confrontation between Tierney and Power when she reveals what she has done to help destroy Baxter. Tierney excelled at playing jealous, possessive women (as in 'Leave Her To Heaven') and her Isabel is just another extension of other such roles. But she is ideal for the part and is strikingly attractive in one of her best roles. Power meets her only half way. His Larry is not quite strong enough to be the protagonist described in the Maugham novel. Other performances are excellent, especially Clifton Webb who was nominated for an Oscar as the prissy Elliot Templeton. Anne Baxter is moving as Sophie and deserved her Supporting Role Oscar. But the film, although interesting throughout, tends to be a rambling, overblown story that seems as cold as its central character. We always feel we're outside looking in. It lacks heart--but from what I've heard of the more recent Bill Murray film, it is superior to the remake.

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