Edge of Doom
Edge of Doom movie poster.JPG
Theatrical release poster
Directed byMark Robson
Screenplay byPhilip Yordan
Based onthe novel
by Leo Brady
Produced bySamuel Goldwyn
StarringDana Andrews
Farley Granger
Joan Evans
Narrated byDana Andrews
CinematographyHarry Stradling
Edited byDaniel Mandell
Music byHugo Friedhofer
Distributed byRKO Radio Pictures
Release dates
  • 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

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]


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