Edge of Doom

Edge of Doom is a 1950 black-and-white film noir directed by Mark Robson and starring Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, and Joan Evans.[2]

Edge of Doom
Edge of Doom movie poster
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Robson
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Screenplay byPhilip Yordan
Based onthe novel
by Leo Brady
StarringDana Andrews
Farley Granger
Joan Evans
Narrated byDana Andrews
Music byHugo Friedhofer
CinematographyHarry Stradling
Edited byDaniel Mandell
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • August 2, 1950 (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • August 30, 1950 (US)[1]
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States


The story concerns a young mentally disturbed man, Martin Lynn (Farley Granger), who goes on a rampage after his sick mother dies. One of the man's biggest beefs is with the Catholic Church who, in addition to slighting him when his mother needed a priest, once refused to bury his father years earlier because he committed suicide. The man, blaming the environment he lives in, goes on a rampage taking revenge on his cheap boss, a mortician and a priest, Father Kirkman (Harold Vermilyea), who refuses to give his poor mother a big funeral. He begins his rampage by killing the hard-line Catholic priest, who slighted him, by beating him with a heavy crucifix. Later, another young priest, Father Roth (Dana Andrews), suspects the young man, now arrested for another crime, for the killing.



Critical response

When the film was released, the staff at Variety magazine gave the film a positive review, writing, "A grim, relentless story, considerably offbeat, gives some distinction to Edge of Doom. It is played to the hilt by a good cast and directed with impact by Mark Robson."[3] The New York Times wrote, "Robson's direction gives flashes of high tension to the film, for he has made effective use of street scenes and noises and has skillfully reflected the oppressive atmosphere of poverty and squalor, but his actors run more to types than to real people."[4]




  1. ^ a b "Edge of Doom: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  2. ^ Edge of Doom at the TCM Movie Database.
  3. ^ Variety, film review, 1950. Accessed: July 13, 2013.
  4. ^ "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Goldwyn's 'Edge of Doom,' Based on the Novel by Leo Brady, in Premiere at the Astor". The New York Times. August 4, 1950. Retrieved January 31, 2015.

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In 1974, Horrocks contested and won the BBC Mastermind programme, hosted by Magnus Magnusson with specialist subjects Shakespeare's plays, Works of J.R.R. Tolkien, Works of Dorothy L. Sayers. Subsequently, she took part in various Mastermind "Specials", most recently Mastermind Champion of Champions in 2010, answering questions on "Arthurian Legend", which has been a lifelong subject for her.Horrocks is the author of the Arthurian Trilogy featuring the works The Edge of Doom, The Dark Space and The New Found Land. She has a new take on the Arthurian legend with the introduction of time travel mixed with the rural and quiet settings of Alderley Edge in Cheshire.

Farley Granger

Farley Earle Granger Jr. (July 1, 1925 – March 27, 2011) was an American actor, best known for his two collaborations with director Alfred Hitchcock: Rope in 1948 and Strangers on a Train in 1951.

Granger was first noticed in a small stage production in Hollywood by a Goldwyn casting director, and given a significant role in The North Star, a controversial film praising the Soviet Union at the height of World War II, but later condemned for its political bias. Another war film, The Purple Heart, followed, before Granger's naval service in Honolulu, in a unit that arranged troop entertainment in the Pacific. Here he made useful contacts, including Bob Hope, Betty Grable and Rita Hayworth. It was also where he began exploring his bisexuality, which he said he never felt any need to conceal.

In 1948, Hitchcock cast him in Rope, a fictionalized account of the Leopold and Loeb murder case, which earned mixed reviews, but much critical praise for Granger. Hitchcock then cast him again in Strangers on a Train, as a tennis star drawn into a double murder plot by a wealthy psychopath, played by Robert Walker. Granger would describe this as his happiest film-making experience, and was deeply saddened by Walker's death shortly after shooting.

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After writing some well-received plays as an undergrad at Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., Brady published a play version of Richard Connell’s short story Brother Orchid, which became a staple of the Samuel French catalog and inspired Hollywood to adapt the story for a film starring Edward G. Robinson. (Brady received no credit.) In collaboration with Walter Kerr, he wrote Yankee Doodle Boy, a musical about the life of Broadway showman George M. Cohan, which debuted to great success in Washington and received national media exposure along with the endorsement of Cohan himself. Again, Hollywood lifted this idea whole cloth without giving the authors credit, and subsequently released the film version, Yankee Doodle Dandy, starring James Cagney. Brady received his first major New York credit as the coauthor (again with Kerr) of a 1942 Broadway musical revue called Count Me In. After serving in World War II, where he continued creating as a writer and radio producer for the Army Recruitment Service, Brady returned to civilian life as a drama teacher at his alma mater. For a brief time he wrote film criticism for the Washington Post, while teaching, doing some acting and also beginning his career as a stage director.

In 1949, Brady published his first novel, Edge of Doom, which Samuel Goldwyn produced as a feature film in 1950. Directed by Mark Robson and with a screenplay by Philip Yordan, with post-primary scenes added by writers Ben Hecht and Charles Brackett and directed by Charles Vidor, the film was a rather notorious failure, due in no small part to the creative team’s inability to realize the story’s thematic critique of organized religion and the way society fails to respond to the less-fortunate poor. The Hecht-Brackett rewrites, spurred on after the initial screening by the producer's fear that the movie was too bleak, attempted to turn a dark tale of a pathetic murder into some kind of hopeful Hollywood preach-fest. These changes—including a sappy narration and hackneyed prologue and epilogue—were designed to gain the film wider audience appeal but only helped to doom the project completely. The film still turns up now and then as an acknowledged curiosity piece in the film noir genre.

Brady, a Roman Catholic with a social conscience, followed up Edge of Doom with Signs and Wonders in 1953, yet another novel that criticized the church, in particular what he saw as the phony piety and narrowmindedness of so-called “professional” Catholics of the Knights of Columbus variety. Signs and Wonders received better reviews than his first book but failed to garner the same sales or public attention. Brady didn’t write another novel for 20 years, then published The Quiet Gun, a literary western, and The Love Tap, a mystery, in the 1970s.

In the interim and beyond, Brady dedicated most of his energies to the theater while also turning out a few highly regarded scripts for socially and culturally relevant television programs such as Studio One (TV series) and Omnibus (US TV series). He successfully adapted Greek tragedies for the modern stage, including a version of Oedipus Rex that received rave reviews during a New York engagement in the late ‘50s. Brady later wrote plays that were produced locally in the Washington, D.C., area, including a musical, The Coldest War of All, which received an off-Broadway mounting in 1969. For about five years, he was a major contributor of articles on regional theater to the industry standard Burns Mantle annual Best Plays volumes. Another writing venture he took on successfully was crafting documentary filmscripts for Oscar-winning producer Charles Guggenheim.

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