The Naked Edge (1961)

MICHAEL ANDERSON

Bil’s rating (out of 5):  BBBB

United Kingdom/USA, 1961.  Screenplay by , based on the novel First Train To Babylon by .  Cinematography by .  Produced by , .  Music by .  Production Design by Carmen Dillon.  Costume Design by .  Film Editing by .  

When an American businessman (Gary Cooper) provides testimony that sends an accused murderer and thief to prison, his deed is soon followed by notable growth of fortune in his industrial business. Years later, after having gotten used to the new life of luxury, his wife (an always-riveting Deborah Kerr) begins to suspect that perhaps he was the one who committed the deed and stole the vast sum of money that was involved in the case. Her investigation leads her all around London, through good parts and some very bad, all in the hope of finding out the truth about the man she’s been living with and loving for so many years. The screenplay, by Psycho writer Joseph Stefano, is absolutely fantastic, the direction and editing superb. Apart from the marvelous Kerr, there’s also a brilliant supporting turn by a very young Diane Cilento and a great nail-biter of an ending to this terrific thriller.

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