The Razor's Edge Overview:

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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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.


Elliott Templeton: The enjoyment of art is the only remaining ecstasy that's neither immoral nor illegal.


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The bittersweet song, "Mam'selle", was introduced in this film, and became one of the biggest hits of 1947.
89 different sets were built for the film, which had the longest shooting schedule for any film at the studio to that date. According to some news items, the film broke all previous studio box office records.
George Cukor was originally assigned to direct, but was fired because Darryl F. Zanuck did not care for his more literal interpretation of the novel.
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