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The Razor's Edge (1946) was a Drama - Film Adaptation Film directed by Edmund Goulding and produced by Darryl F. Zanuck.

The film was based on the novel of the same name written by W. Somerset Maugham published in 1944.

Academy Awards 1946 --- Ceremony Number 19 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best Supporting ActorClifton WebbNominated
Best Supporting ActressAnne BaxterWon
Best Art DirectionArt Direction: Richard Day, Nathan Juran; Interior Decoration: Thomas Little, Paul S. FoxNominated
Best Picture20th Century-FoxNominated
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Elliott Templeton: The enjoyment of art is the only remaining ecstasy that's neither immoral nor illegal.


Elliott Templeton: I do not like the propinquity of the hoi polloi.


Louisa Bradley: Elliott, who is this man you invited to dinner tonight?
Elliott Templeton: He's an English author.
[Referring to W. Somerset Maugham]
Elliott Templeton: He's quite alright. In fact he's quite famous. So pretend you've heard of him even if you haven't.


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Christopher Isherwood and Henry Channon are considered by many Maugham biographers to be the inspiration for the characters of Larry Darrell and Elliott Templeton.
The traditional Twentieth Century Fox opening fanfare theme was not used in this film.
The wedding dress Oleg Cassini designed for Gene Tierney and worn by her was actually designed for their wedding in 1941. It was never made since they eloped. After filming, Gene Tierney's stand-in Kay Adell Stork wore it at her own wedding.
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