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.

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
Runtime:
Warner Home Video

Cast


as Det. Sgt. Walter Bro...

as Mrs. Frankie Neal

as Ann Sinclair

as Tommy Sinclair

as Tommy Sinclair

as Mrs. Troll

as Gus Forbes

as Jennings

as Train Conductor

as Taxi Driver

as Reporter

as Reporter

as Off. Allen

as Train Conductor

as Det. Wilson

as Waiter

as Newsstand Owner

as Telegraph Attendant
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Critic Reviews for The Narrow Margin

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (4)

Full Review… | October 18, 2008
Variety
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Full Review… | August 8, 2006
New York Times
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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
EmanuelLevy.Com

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

Full Review… | March 14, 2010
CinePassion

Audience Reviews for The Narrow Margin

½

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.

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Cindy I

Super Reviewer

½

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.

pier007
Pierluigi Puccini

Super Reviewer

½

Not amazing, but entertaining.

mjgildea
Michael Gildea

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