THE RAZOR'S EDGE (1946)

Dir. Edmund Goulding

Tyrone Power returned from World War II to tackle one of his meatiest roles ever in this adaptation of W. Somerset Maugham's bestseller.  He also teamed with his most beautiful and, some would say his perfect, co-star, Gene Tierney, as the fiancée who refuses to give up her position in society to join Power on a spiritual quest. Their reunion in Paris, after she has married his best friend, sets the stage for a series of fiery confrontations. Twentieth Century-Fox spared no expense in welcoming their biggest star back from the military. They created 89 lavish sets to capture the look of high society in the 1910s and 1920s, assigned Oleg Cassini to dress his off-screen wife Tierney in the height of fashion and surrounded the stars with an expert supporting cast, including Herbert Marshall as a writer, modeled on Maugham, who drifts in and out of the story, Elsa Lanchester, John Payne and a scene-stealing Clifton Webb. Best of all is Oscar-winner Anne Baxter as a family friend driven to alcoholism and, by implication, prostitution, by a family tragedy.

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THE RAZOR'S EDGE
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