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


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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W. Somerset Maugham was hired to write a screenplay, which is still on file in studio records. It is uncertain how much of his version, if any, was used in the final script.
The traditional Twentieth Century Fox opening fanfare theme was not used in this film.
When filming the hospital scene, Anne Baxter drew upon an experience from her childhood, when she lost her three-year-old brother. Speaking of it years later, she said the scene was the best in her career, and still gave her chills.
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