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Monday, May 21, 2012

Anne Baxter in THE RAZOR'S EDGE (1946)

Up until a few months ago I had never seen this amazing movie. Thanks to TCM's Essentials, I got to view it one Saturday night and was blown away by it. A terrific cast in Tyrone Power, Gene Tierney, John Payne, Clifton Webb, Hebert Marshall, Elsa Lanchester and Anne Baxter. Based on the Somerset Maugham novel about a young man (Power) who becomes disillusioned with things and goes off to find himself. Gene plays his fiancee who plans to take him back when he returns even though she is now married to someone else. Anne plays a friend of Tierney's from the mid-west who loses her husband and child in an auto accident. She kind of loses all hope and Anne gives one of her best performances ever. Heck she won an Oscar as Best Supporting Actress..can't really argue with the Academy on that one. As she is simply amazing. Heart-breaking and wrenching, you feel so badly for Sophie, her character, as she has to endure so much. If you have never seen The Razor's Edge, then you're in for a treat. A gorgeous looking film with an outstanding cast that deliver some of their best work in film ever.

Film: B+
Anne's Performance: A

My love of classic films is beyond measure



Patti said...

I agree, this is a fantastic movie. Of the 3 Power/Tierney pairings, this is easily my favorite.

And, yes, Anne's performance was sensational. Definitely worthy of her Oscar win.

Irene Palfy said...

Love that film - and Anne Baxter's performance which she based on her experiences when her three-year-old brother died when she was a child. Very touching performance indeed - and one of my favourites for sure.

Kristen said...

Damn, I missed this movie on TCM...gonna have to check it out!

KimWilson said...

This is a dark film. Baxter is great in it. Still, it as hard to watch Tyrone Power in such a role.


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