The Edge of the World (January 10, 1938)

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The Edge of the World
 

Released on January 10, 1938: A man and woman on a remote Scottish Isle fall in love, but the fates put many disasters along their route to happiness.

Produced by Joe Rock

Directed by Michael Powell

The Actors: John Laurie (Peter Manson), Belle Chrystall (Ruth Manson, Peter's daughter), Eric Berry (Ruth's brother), Kitty Kirwan (Jean Manson, their grandmother), Finlay Currie (James Gray), Niall MacGinnis (Adrew Gray, Peter's son), Grant Sutherland (the Catechist), Campbell Robson (the Laird), George Summers (the skipper), James Garrioch (doctor attending Rugh's baby), Andy Gear (villager in evacuation), Mima Gear (villager in evacuation), Wullie Gear (fiddler at Hirta Reel), Aggie Jean Gray (member of congregation), Agnes 'Nannie' Gray (member of congregation), Edith Gray (member of congregation), James Andrew Gray (member of congregation), Jean 'Jeannie' Gray (member of congregation), John Gray (member of the boat parliament), Louie Gray (bystander at Hirta Reel), Peter Gray (member of the boat parliament), Thomas 'Tammie' Gray (member of congregation), Margaret Greig (Ruth's baby), Bessie Henry (dancer at Hirta Reel), James 'Jimmy' Henry (member of congregation), Jessie Henry (member of congregation), Maggie Henry (villager in evacuation), Agnes Jane Isbister (watcher on the cliff top), Alfred Isbister (member of congregation), Dodie Isbister (member of congregation), Elizabeth 'Lizzie' Isbister (member of congregation), Jessie Isbister (watcher on top of cliff), Robbie Isbister (member of congregation), Andrew Manson (fiddler at Hirta Reel), Peter Manson (member of the boat parliament), Jessie Morrison (member of congregation), David of Muckelgrind (member of the boat parliament), Peter Peterson (member of congregation), Michael Powell (yachtsman Mr. Graham), Lilly Ratter (member of congregation), Margaret 'Maggie' Ratter (member of congregation), Peter Ratter (fiddler at Hirta Reel), Walter Ratter (boatman), Frankie Reidy (yachtswoman), Jemima Robertson (watcher on cliff top), Arthur Seabourne (dancer at Hirta Reel), Elizabeth J. Smith (member of congregation), Jessamine Smith (school teacher's daughter), Sydney Streeter (man at dance), Jeannie Thomson (member of congregation), Andrew Umphray (member of the boat parliament), Gerald Umphray (boy at evacuation), Robbie Umphray (member of the boat parliament), Scottie Umphray (member of the boat parliament), Tom Umphray (member of the boat parliament)

 

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The Slow Shadow of Death

Today we venture to an isle off the coast of Scotland, the home of my favorite adult beverage. We are much further away than my favorite isle of Islay, in the middle of the raging ocean, where the craggy rocks of Foula still challenge the mighty waves of the sea. When the Roman fleets sailed around Britain they saw this island in the distant blue haze of the misty ocean and named it "Ultima Thule" . . . The Edge of the World. Every great motion picture blends enough truth into the story to make it authentic, and enough fiction to make it exciting to watch, and the writer/director of this story about the rugged people of Scotland brought both to the screen. Most if not all of the 1937 inhabitants of Foula, Scotland appear in this adventure, although I couldn't determine who was who to capture photos of these amazing people . . . if any of the descendants of David of Mucklegrind, or the Ibister family, or any of the other inhabitants can recognize their family, let me know and I'll honor them with a photo from the movie in the photo gallery under the movie. Thanks to the producer and director of this adventure, I will be able to preserve the 1938 citizens of Foula, Scotland for the whole world to discover forevermore . . . Wouldn't it be amazing if there were a motion picture record of YOUR home town from almost a hundred years ago? As our adventure opens we meet the skipper of a yacht, Mr. Graham, who happens to be Michael Powell, the author and director of the movie. With him is actor Niall MacGinnis, playing the part of Andrew Gray, and they are visiting the uninhabited isle of fictional Hirta, where Andrew Gray tells the yachtsman about the island and its people before it was abandoned. We travel back several years as he tells his story . . . and we get to enjoy the lifestyles of this rugged and proud Scottish island community in their struggle for survival against the winds and the waves buffeting the edge of their world, with scenes of the landscape of the island of Foula that will positively take your breath away. Foula is still a thriving island today and I imagine that many of the grandchildren of the islanders in this story are still living there today. Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter drizzled over it and enjoy the show.

The climbing cliff of Foula, Scotland
The climbing cliff of Foula, Scotland
Andrew Manson at the Reel
Andrew Manson at the Reel
Belle Chrystall and Grant Sutherland
Belle Chrystall and Grant Sutherland
Belle Chrystall and Niall MacGinnis
Belle Chrystall and Niall MacGinnis
Belle Chrystall
Belle Chrystall
Eric Berry and Belle Chrystall
Eric Berry and Belle Chrystall
Eric Berry, Kitty Kirwan and John Laurie
Eric Berry, Kitty Kirwan and John Laurie
Eric Berry clings to the cliff
Eric Berry clings to the cliff
Finlay Currie and John Laurie
Finlay Currie and John Laurie
Finlay Currie and Niall MacGinnis
Finlay Currie and Niall MacGinnis
Frankie Reidy
Frankie Reidy
Grant Sutherland
Grant Sutherland
John Laurie
John Laurie
Kitty Kirwan
Kitty Kirwan
Margaret Greig
Margaret Greig
Michael Powell
Michael Powell
Michael Powell and Frankie Reidy
Michael Powell and Frankie Reidy
Niall MacGinnis
Niall MacGinnis
Niall MacGinnis
Niall MacGinnis
Peter Ratter
Peter Ratter