The Razor’s Edge


(out of 5)

Excellent drama adapted from W. Somerset Maugham’s novel.   plays a wealthy socialite who abandons beautiful fiancee  to seek enlightenment in the far east. Having achieved his goal, he travels to Paris where he is reunited with Tierney, but his interests in her are no longer passionate.  Instead, he turns his attentions towards bitter alcoholic and drug addict , who has turned to substance abuse to relieve herself of the grief that afflicted her when she lost her husband and child in an accident. Rich drama that sometimes feels like it’s running a bit long, but is still a good deal stronger than much of the similar material being produced at the time. Power is in top form (a role that revived a flagging career), and the photography is beautiful.

USA, 1946

Directed by Edmund Goulding

Screenplay by , based on the novel by 

Cinematography by 

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by ,

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Academy Awards 1946

Golden Globe Awards 1946



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