Raw Edge

Raw Edge

Directed by John Sherwood
Produced by Albert Zugsmith
Michael Baird
Written by Harry Essex
Robert Hill
Story by William Kozelenko
James Benson Nablo
Starring Rory Calhoun
Yvonne de Carlo
Mara Corday
Rex Reason
Neville Brand
Music by Irving Gertz
William Lava
Hans J. Salter
Cinematography Maury Gertsman
Edited by Russell F. Schoegarth
Universal International
Distributed by Universal International
Release dates
  • March 24, 1956 (1956-03-24) (United States)
Running time
76 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Raw Edge is a 1956 Technicolor Western film directed by John Sherwood starring Rory Calhoun, Yvonne de Carlo, Mara Corday, Rex Reason, Neville Brand.

It marked the movie debut of John Gavin under the name "John Gilmore".


In 1842, before law and order has come to Oregon, a wealthy man named Montgomery makes the rules, including one that any unmarried woman must go with whichever man puts in a claim for her. After his wife Hannah is attacked by an unseen man, Montgomery uses the opportunity to blame his rival, Dan Kirby, and lynch him.

Dan was married to an Indian woman, Paca, who attempts to return to her people. Before she can, tribesman Five Crows is murdered and Paca is claimed by a white man named Sile Doty, who forces her to return to town. There she meets a stranger, Tex, who turns out to be her late husband's brother.

Hannah ultimately realizes that Tarp Penny was the one who attacked her that night. Tarp kills her father and wounds Hannah in the shoulder. He ends up in a shootout with Tex that turns into a violent fistfight after both run out of ammunition. Tex prevails when Tarp is accidentally impaled, after which Hannah wishes to join Tex when he rides out of town.



This was Yvonne De Carlo's first film at Universal, the studio where she had been a star, since 1951.[1]


  1. Raw Edge Next for De Carlo Parsons, Louella. The Washington Post and Times Herald (1954-1959) [Washington, D.C] 08 Oct 1955: 46.

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