Skip to comments.Movie for a Sunday afternoon: "The Naked Edge"(1961)
Posted on 03/03/2013 12:06:06 PM PST by ReformationFan
Today's feature is Gary Cooper's final film, an underrated, British suspense thriller directed by Michael Anderson("Around The World In 80 Days", "Logan's Run") and scripted by Joseph Stefano("Psycho").
Yeah, non-stop noir can wear one down after a while. I recommend counterbalancing them with some classic comedy(either movies or old TV shows) when you’re housebound with an illness.
I watched. Decent old suspense thriller.
Was this your first time to see it?
When I first saw it, I didn’t have particularly high expectations because of middling reviews but I found it much more suspenseful and involving than I expected. I wonder if the scene with the straight edge razor and the bathtub was in the original novel or if Stefano lifted and retailored it from the infamous shower scene in his then recent hit “Psycho”. The gimmick of the voiceover at the end credits asking viewers not to reveal the mystery’s solution was also used in “Witness for the Prosecution.”
Yes, first time to see it.
Of all his films, it was probably the closest Cooper ever came to being a Hitchcock leading man. Hitchcock wanted for Cooper to play the lead in 1940’s “Foreign Correspondent” but he turned it down and Joel McCrea was cast instead.
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