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The Narrow Margin (1952)




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One of the best suspense movies of the fifties, this is a witness protection movie in which a policeman is transporting a gangster's widow to testify at trial. Traveling by train, he has to keep hitman from getting to her before he can get her to court--despite the fact that he would rather be doing just about anything other than that particular job.more
Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Martin Goldsmith, Earl Felton, Martin G. Goldsmith, Jack Leonard
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 5, 2005
Warner Home Video


Charles McGraw
as Det. Sgt. Walter Bro...
Marie Windsor
as Mrs. Frankie Neal
Jacqueline White
as Ann Sinclair
Gordon Gebert
as Tommy Sinclair
Gordon Geberl
as Tommy Sinclair
Queenie Leonard
as Mrs. Troll
Don Beddoe
as Gus Forbes
Paul Maxey
as Jennings
Harry Harvey
as Train Conductor
Michael Lally
as Taxi Driver
George Sawava
as Reporter
George Sawaya
as Reporter
Tony Merrill
as Off. Allen
Howard Mitchell
as Train Conductor
Don Haggerty
as Det. Wilson
Johnny Lee
as Waiter
Will Lee
as Newsstand Owner
Franklin Parker
as Telegraph Attendant
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Critic Reviews for The Narrow Margin

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | January 26, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

Full Review… | July 7, 2005
Chicago Reader
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 18, 2011

Along with Ulmer's Detour, the ultimate noir "aesthetics of hunger" manifesto

Full Review… | March 14, 2010

Audience Reviews for The Narrow Margin


Good film noir set entirely on and around a train. Charles McGraw plays a cop hired to transport the widow of a murdered gangster cross-country to testify before a grand jury. Also on the train are men who will do what ever is necessary to make sure she DOESN'T testify.

McGraw is Mr. Tough-as-Nails as always, and noir queen Marie Windsor is at her bitchiest. The setting on the train gives the whole film a claustrophobic quality that adds to the suspense. There's also a cool little twist that I didn't see coming. A definite star in the film noir universe.

Cindy I

Super Reviewer


I've always considered a train as an ideal geography for suspense. A claustrophobic spot where a cat-and-mouse game seems edgier than usual, and this was no exception.
An intense, enormously effective thrill ride, full of great twists and occasional touches of humour.

Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer


Not amazing, but entertaining.

Michael Gildea

Super Reviewer

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