"Darryl F. Zanuck's Production of W. Somerset Maugham's Razor's Edge." Maugham's novel was originally serialized in Redbook from Dec 1943--May 1944. and The Razor's Edge became Tyrone Power's first role since his return from war and a three-year absence from the screen.
According to studio publicity materials, the production cost around $4,000,000 to film, used eighty-nine different sets and enjoyed the longest shooting schedule in the studio's history to date. A Jul 1946 HR news item notes that the film incorporated footage excerpted from a photographic expedition shot by the Bombay Film Co. in the Himalayan mountains. Gene Tierney's real-life husband at the time, Oleg Cassini, designed her costumes for the film. According to a studio publicity item, the wedding gown worn by Tierney in the picture was based on a sketch that Cassini had made for his and Tierney's wedding. The couple eloped, however, and so the dress was never made until the production of this film. According to a 6 Jan 1947 HR news item, the film broke all previous Fox box office records. The DV review called the picture a "dramatic triumph in every sense of the word." The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Art Direction, and Clifton Webb was nominated for Best Supporting Actor.
Anne Baxter's performance as Sophie earned her the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress. *
Did you Know??
- 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.
- Betty Grable and Judy Garland were considered for the role of Sophie.
Read "Life " Original Article of Razor's Edge Here