The Narrow Margin (1952)
Average Rating: 8.4/10
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Release Date: Jan 1, 1952 Wide
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 1,044
The Narrow Margin is generally considered a "model" B picture; some film buffs go farther than that, labelling this 1952 RKO suspenser as the best low-budget studio production ever made. Nail-hard detective Walter Brown (Charles McGraw) is assigned to protect gangster's widow Mrs. Neall (Marie Windsor) as she rides the train from Chicago to LA, en route to testifying at a grand jury. There's no love lost between the ill-tempered Neall and Brown, especially since Brown's partner (Don Beddoe) was
Jan 1, 1952 Wide
Jul 5, 2005
Warner Home Video
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The cast may be B-level, but the sharp writing, taut direction, and production values of the Richard Fleischer's noir thriller (which is superior to the 1990 remake) are not.
Along with Ulmer's Detour, the ultimate noir "aesthetics of hunger" manifesto
A hard-as-nails, noir-ish thriller from the often underrated Richard Fleischer.
The Narrow Margin rumbles along at a good speed with a minimum of fuss, making beautiful use of its compact train locale.
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