Edge of Doom

Edge of Doom is a 1950 black-and-white film noir directed by Mark Robson and starring Dana Andrews, Farley Granger, and Joan Evans.[2]

Edge of Doom
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Robson
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
Screenplay byPhilip Yordan
Based onthe novel
by Leo Brady
StarringDana Andrews
Farley Granger
Joan Evans
Narrated byDana Andrews
Music byHugo Friedhofer
CinematographyHarry Stradling
Edited byDaniel Mandell
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release date
  • August 2, 1950 (1950-08-02) (Premiere-New York City)[1]
  • August 30, 1950 (1950-08-30) (US)[1]
Running time
99 minutes
CountryUnited States


The story concerns a young mentally disturbed man, Martin Lynn (Farley Granger), who goes on a rampage after his sick mother dies. One of the man's biggest beefs is with the Catholic Church who, in addition to slighting him when his mother needed a priest, once refused to bury his father years earlier because he committed suicide. The man, blaming the environment he lives in, goes on a rampage taking revenge on his cheap boss, a mortician and a priest, Father Kirkman (Harold Vermilyea), who refuses to give his poor mother a big funeral. He begins his rampage by killing the hard-line Catholic priest, who slighted him, by beating him with a heavy crucifix. Later, another young priest, Father Roth (Dana Andrews), suspects the young man, now arrested for another crime, for the killing.



Critical response

When the film was released, the staff at Variety magazine gave the film a positive review, writing, "A grim, relentless story, considerably offbeat, gives some distinction to Edge of Doom. It is played to the hilt by a good cast and directed with impact by Mark Robson."[3] The New York Times wrote, "Robson's direction gives flashes of high tension to the film, for he has made effective use of street scenes and noises and has skillfully reflected the oppressive atmosphere of poverty and squalor, but his actors run more to types than to real people."[4]




  1. "Edge of Doom: Detail View". American Film Institute. Retrieved May 18, 2014.
  2. Edge of Doom at the TCM Movie Database.
  3. Variety, film review, 1950. Accessed: July 13, 2013.
  4. "THE SCREEN IN REVIEW; Goldwyn's 'Edge of Doom,' Based on the Novel by Leo Brady, in Premiere at the Astor". The New York Times. August 4, 1950. Retrieved January 31, 2015.
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