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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: 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.


Elliott Templeton: [Recounting a series of rejected invitations] And then when I asked him to dinner, he said he couldn't come because he had no evening clothes. If I live to be a hundred I shall never understand how any young man can come to Paris without evening clothes.
Louisa Bradley: [Referring to the turning down of the invitations] Maybe he just didn't want to.
Elliott Templeton: That's the most incredible reason for refusing an invitation I've ever heard in my life.


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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.
Maureen O'Hara was the original choice for Isabel.
Fox purchased the screen rights to the novel in March 1945 for $250,000 plus 20% of the net profits. To avoid another $50,000 specified in the contract if the principle photography was not started by 2 February 1946, producer Darryl F. Zanuck provided for location shooting in the mountains around Denver, Colorado (the Himalayas in the film) in August 1945. The cast had not yet been set, so the character of Larry was played by a double and seen only in long-shot. Zanuck hoped to get 'Tyrone Power (I)' to star and delayed casting until Power was released from military service in Januay 1946.
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