×
You will be redirected back to your article in seconds

The Naked Edge

The picture that winds up Gary Cooper's long list of credits is a neatly constructed, thoroughly professional little suspense meller.

With:
Gary Cooper Deborah Kerr Eric Portman Diane Cilento Hermione Gingold Peter Cushing

The picture that winds up Gary Cooper’s long list of credits is a neatly constructed, thoroughly professional little suspense meller.

Based on Max Ehrlich’s novel, First Train to Babylon, Joseph Stefano’s screenplay casts Cooper as an American businessman living in London who, coincidentally to the murder of his business partner (and the disappearance of a couple of hundred thousand dollars), happens to make a killing on the stock-market, which funds he uses to make an even bigger fortune.

When, five years later, a blackmailer in the form of Eric Portman turns up to accuse her husband of the murder, Deborah Kerr remembers that Cooper, after all, had been the key prosecution witness at the murder trial and had come into a lot of money quite suddenly. The lady’s further investigations confirm her suspicions.

Kerr suffers very prettily in a highly emotional role. Cooper, perhaps because he must appear to be enigmatic most of the time, gives a less successful performance. The picture, filmed entirely in London, utilizes some fine British supporting people.

The Naked Edge

Production: United Artists/Pennebaker-Baroda. Director Michael Anderson; Producer Walter Seltzer, George Glass; Screenplay Joseph Stefano; Camera Erwin Hillier; Editor Gordon Pilkington; Music William Alwyn; Art Director Carmen Dillon

Crew: (B&W) Extract of a review from 1961. Running time: 99 MIN.

With: Gary Cooper Deborah Kerr Eric Portman Diane Cilento Hermione Gingold Peter Cushing

More Film

  • Joseph Gordon-Levitt's '7500' Sells to Amazon

    Joseph Gordon-Levitt's Thriller '7500' Sells to Amazon Studios

    Amazon Studios has acquired global rights to Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s terrorist drama “7500.” The deal, announced Monday at the Cannes Film Festival, excludes Germany, Switzerland, and Austria. Universum will distribute the film in Germany. In “7500,” Gordon-Levitt plays the co-pilot of a plane that has been hijacked by terrorists. The title references the code 7500, which [...]

  • Cannes: China's Rediance Boards Sales on

    Cannes: China's Rediance Picks Up Sales on 'Ways to Run' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Chinese indie sales and production finance outfit Rediance has boarded sales on “Ways to Run,” a project in the Cannes Film Festival’s Cinefondation La Residence section. The film picked up a special mention at the prize presentation. The road movie drama is being directed by Afghan-Dutch director Aboozar Amin, who previously made the documentary “Kabul: [...]

  • John Williams Pens Theme for Disneyland's

    John Williams in Disneyland: The Story Behind His 'Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge' Theme

    For only the second time in more than four decades of “Star Wars” music, legendary composer John Williams has written a new theme for a “Star Wars” project that is distinct from his film scores for those galaxies far, far away. Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge, the much-anticipated attraction that will open at Disneyland on May [...]

  • Young Ahmed

    Cannes Film Review: 'Young Ahmed'

    There’s a darkness to “Young Ahmed” that audiences have never seen before in the work of Jean-Pierre and Luc Dardenne, the gifted Belgian brothers whose profoundly humane, unapologetically realist dramas have twice earned them the Palme d’Or in Cannes. Like surrogate parents to troubled children, the sibling directors have taken on their share of difficult [...]

  • Radegund

    Cannes: Fox Searchlight Nabs Terrence Malick's 'A Hidden Life'

    Fox Searchlight has picked up rights for U.S. and several international territories on Terrence Malick’s contemplative World War II drama “A Hidden Life,” following its enthusiastic reception at the Cannes Film Festival. “A Hidden Life” tells the true story of the Austrian farmer Franz Jägerstätter, who rejected Adolf Hitler and objected to the war. He [...]

  • China's Zhou Dongyu Is Focusing on

    China's Zhou Dongyu Plans to Focus on Acting, Says Female Roles Improving

    China’s Zhou Dongyu may have taken a recent turn as a producer, but the 27-year-old actress plans to focus on honing her craft in front of the camera rather than branching out too much into other roles behind it. She also believes that female roles are increasing in quantity and quality in China, and is [...]

More From Our Brands

Access exclusive content