Release dateNovember 2, 1959 (1959-11-02) WriterMarion Hargrove (screenplay), Richard Collins (screenplay), Ben Markson (story), Marion Hargrove (story) ScreenplayRichard J. Collins, Marion Hargrove CastCornel Wilde (Les Martin), Victoria Shaw (Janice Kendon), Mickey Shaughnessy (Scotty O'Brien), Edgar Buchanan (Sheriff Edwards), Jack Elam (Bill Ward) Similar moviesThelma & Louise, Grand Canyon, Evolution, New Town Killers, Nichts als Gespenster, The 39 Steps
TaglineMile-High Suspense In The Grand Canyon!
Edge of Eternity is a 1959 CinemaScope Eastman color film directed by Don Siegel shot on location in the Grand Canyon.
The film begins with an attempted assassination of a man looking into the Grand Canyon with his binoculars. The assassin disables the emergency brake from the man's car and attempts to run him over as the car goes off the edge. The man leaps out of the way and kills his assassin by throwing him off the rim. He is seen wandering by Eli, an old prospector who attempts to tell a Deputy Sheriff (Cornel Wilde). However Eli has a reputation for telling tall tales, so the deputy ignores him to chase an attractive woman (Victoria Shaw) speeding recklessly down the road. The unidentified man is later found dead, hanging bound and gagged in a former mining office in an abandoned gold mine.
The Deputy and Janice Kendon, the speeding woman, team up to solve the murders and a plot to illegally mine gold to sell in Mexico.
Cornel Wilde as Deputy Les Martin
Victoria Shaw as Janice Kendon
Mickey Shaughnessy as Scotty O'Brien
Edgar Buchanan as Sheriff Edwards
Rian Garrick as Bob Kendon
Jack Elam as Bill Ward
Alexander Lockwood as Jim Kendon
Dabbs Greer as Gas station attendant
Tom Fadden as Eli
Wendell Holmes as Sam Houghton
Filming took place in Kingman, Oatman, and Gold Road, Arizona. The climax of the film, involving a fight on a U.S. Guano cable car suspended above the Grand Canyon, was filmed in the aerial tramway to the Bat Cave mine, in the western Grand Canyon of Arizona. U.S. Guano, owned and operated the Bat Cave Mine at the time. Guano was considered a good organic fertilizer, prior to the use of modern synthetics. The mine played out in 1960 and was closed. The head house, for the cable car and some of the relic equipment as seen in the film, have been preserved and may be viewed today, almost as it was in the film.