The Razor's Edge

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The Razor's Edge

Post by Bruce R on Fri Jan 26, 2018 2:14 pm

Really enjoyed the longish (145 mins) 1946 drama THE RAZOR'S EDGE.  The excellent cast includes Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Anne Baxter, Clifton Webb, Herbert Marshall, Lucile Watson and Frank Latimore.

Based on the novel by W. Somerset Maugham with Marshall appearing onscreen as Maugham, Power is cast as a lost and searching 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), is unwilling to live on his allowance and marries Payne for wealth and position.

Never falling out of love with him, Isabel returns to Larry's life to break up his romance with unstable, alcoholic Sophie MacDonald (Anne Baxter in a Oscar-winning performance). After Sophie's death, Larry determines that the life offered him by Isabel is not to his liking (not to mention that she's still married), and continues seeking his true place in the scheme of things. 

The IMDb ranking is a high 7.5 and it deserves it.

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