Edge of Eternity (1959)

  • Year: 1959
  • Released: 02 Nov 1959
  • Country: United States
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  • IMDb: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0052771/
  • Rotten Tomatoes: https://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/edge_of_eternity
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  • Available in: 720p,
  • Language: English
  • MPA Rating: Approved
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
  • Runtime: 80 min
  • Writer: Marion Hargrove, Richard Collins, Ben Markson
  • Director: Don Siegel
  • Cast: Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, Mickey Shaughnessy
  • Keywords: chase, grand canyon,
62% – Critics
false% – Audience

Edge of Eternity Storyline

Helped by socialite Janice Kendon, Arizona Deputy Sheriff Les Martin works to solve three brutal murders in and around the Grand Canyon. His efforts lead to the killer fleeing with Janice as a hostage, and a chase by car and helicopter leading to a climax on a miner’s bucket on cables a mile above the canyon floor.—Les Adams

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Edge of Eternity Movie Reviews

Murder and Mayhem in the Grand Canyon

Director Don Siegel and star Cornel Wilde combine to give audiences a fast paced and very entertaining murder mystery that keeps everyone guessing until the breathtaking climax.The wild beauty of the Grand Canyon and the Colorado River serve as a backdrop to the mystery This is the closest that Wilde ever came to making a western and he is cast as a former Las Vegas police detective who is now a deputy sheriff in an Arizona town and is faced with a series of baffling murders in what is normally a quite and peaceful little desert hamlet.Wilde becomes romantically involved with the daughter of towns local big shot played by Victoria Shaw who he meets while giving her a speeding ticket. Ms Shaw was married to actor Roger Smith at the time.. The father is of course hostile to the relationship, particularly when he becomes a suspect in the murders. Crusty Edgar Buchanan portrays the slow moving sheriff who is occupied in a feud with the county prosecutor regarding the crimes. Mickey Shaughnessy plays Scotty O’Brien who owns the town’s only tavern and liquor store. Scotty seems to know a lot of town secrets but like all good bartenders he is very discreet.

Of course the Canyon is as much a star in the film as any of the actors and Siegel gets a marvelous performance from the river and the gorge.From the jaw dropping beginning to the heart pounding climax, the Canyon is the real star. Siegel favorites Jack Elam and Dabbs Greer have red herring roles. Seek this one out you will be glade you did.

Satan’s Bucket.

Edge of Eternity is directed by Don Siegel and written by Richard Collins. It stars Cornel Wilde, Victoria Shaw, Mickey Shaughnessy, Edgar Buchanan and Rian Garrick. A CinemaScope production with music by Daniele Amfitheatrof and cinematography by Burnett Guffey.

Contemporary Western that finds Wilde as the local deputy sheriff trying to solve a murder case in the Ghost Town of Kendon.

It’s not got a strong plot and the performances of the cast are hardly out the top draw, but it’s a solid murder mystery set to the magnificent backdrop of The Grand Canyon. Siegel keeps things pacey as Guffey brings the scorching vistas to life, and it all builds to an exciting finale, where some rear projection work not withstanding, it’s breath holding stuff. 7/10

Excellent mystery-thriller

I taped Edge of Eternity when Channel 4 screened it some time ago and found it very enjoyable. Some reviews state this as a Western, but it is more of a mystery-thriller than a Western.

A Sheriff in Arizona investigates three murders around the Grand Canyon and is help by a woman and not surprisingly they fall in love with each other. The killer then takes the woman hostage and he is caught in the dramatic final showdown in a minor’s bucket, high over the Grand Canyon.

Edge of Eternity has some magnificent scenery. especially the Grand Canyon scenes.

The cast is lead by Cornel Wilde as the Sheriff, Victoria Shaw as his love interest and Micky Shaughnessy. All play good parts.

This movie is a must see, just for the scenery. Excellent.

Rating: 3 and a half stars out of 5.