EDGE OF THE CITY (1957) B/W widescreen 85m dir: Martin Ritt

w/John Cassavetes, Sidney Poitier, Jack Warden, Kathleen Maguire, Ruby Dee, Robert F. Simon

From Variety's contemporary review of the film: "The first film venture for producer David Susskind, writer Robert Alan Aurthur, and director Martin Ritt is an auspicious bow. Trio, whose roots are in TV and legit, come up with a courageous, thought-provoking and exciting film.

"Based on Aurthur's [1955] teleplay, A Man Is Ten Feet Tall, it marks a milestone in the screen presentation of an African-American.

"The peculiar aspect of Edge is that it is not a film dealing with a race problem. The protagonist is a guilt-ridden, psychologically mixed-up white youth, sensitively played by John Cassavetes. Plagued by the memory of his part in the accidental death of his brother and his inability to 'belong' either to his family or to society, he AWOLs the army. He finds employment in a New York railroad yard where he immediately is befriended by a goodnatured, philosophical lad (Sidney Poitier) and incurs the enmity of a vicious and tough hiring boss.

"Filmed on location in New York, the film has a real-life flavor as it roams among New York's railroad yards and upper Manhattan's apartment house district."