Edge of Doom

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Edge of Doom
Edge of Doom movie poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed by Mark Robson
Produced by Samuel Goldwyn
Screenplay by Philip Yordan
Based on the novel 
by Leo Brady
Starring Dana Andrews
Farley Granger
Joan Evans
Narrated by Dana Andrews
Music by Hugo Friedhofer
Cinematography Harry Stradling
Edited by Daniel Mandell
Distributed by RKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • August 2, 1950 (1950-08-02) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • August 30, 1950 (1950-08-30) (US)[1]
Running time 99 minutes
Country United States
Language English

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]


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[edit]

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]

Film critic Dennis Schwartz, believes much more could have been done with the film. He wrote, "This was a dark tale and could have been made more interesting if it cut away from Father Roth's saintly but unconvincing role and followed through more on the story as it was written by Philip Yordan from Leo Brady's novel. The potential was there for a great film. Censorship was the curse of the 1950s. This good-priest/bad-priest story unfortunately turns out to be a futile exercise in self-righteousness."[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. ^ Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, January 16, 2000. Accessed: July 13, 2013.

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