Edge of Doom
|Edge of Doom|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Mark Robson|
|Produced by||Samuel Goldwyn|
|Screenplay by||Philip Yordan|
|Based on||the novel
by Leo Brady
|Narrated by||Dana Andrews|
|Music by||Hugo Friedhofer|
|Edited by||Daniel Mandell|
|Distributed by||RKO Radio Pictures|
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.
- Dana Andrews as Father Thomas Roth
- Farley Granger as Martin Lynn
- Joan Evans as Rita Conroy, Martin's girlfriend
- Robert Keith as Lieutenant Mandel
- Paul Stewart as Craig
- Mala Powers as Julie
- Adele Jergens as Irene, Craig's girlfriend
- John Ridgely as 1st Detective
- Douglas Fowley as 2nd Detective
- Harold Vermilyea as Father Kirkman
- Mabel Paige as Mrs. Pearson
- Ellen Corby as Mrs. Jeanette Moore
- Robert Karnes as George, a Priest narrated to
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." 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."
- National Board of Review of Motion Pictures: NBR Award - Top Ten Films; 1950.
- "Edge of Doom: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
- Edge of Doom at the TCM Movie Database.
- Variety, film review, 1950. Accessed: July 13, 2013.
- "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.