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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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Isabel Bradley: [Referring to Sophie MacDonald] She's an awful woman. She's bad, bad, bad! She's soused from morning to night.
W. Somerset Maugham: That doesn't necessarily mean she's bad. Quite a number of respectable citizens get drunk and do silly things... I call a person bad who lies and cheats and is unkind.
Isabel Bradley: If you're going to take her part, I'll kill you.
W. Somerset Maugham: I'd prefer it if you gave me a cup of tea.


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


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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The Breen Office requested a translation of the Russian lyrics sung during the nightclub scene in case they contained a subversive or salacious message.
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.
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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