The Narrow Margin 1952

The Narrow Margin

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Tense story of a tough cop attempting to transport the widow of a gangster to the trial in which she'll testify. They undertake a rail journey from Chicago to Los Angeles with their lives constantly under threat from hit men on the train, who will stop at nothing to prevent her from testifying.

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Charles McGraw
Detective Sgt. Walter Brown
Marie Windsor
Mrs. Frankie Neal
Gordon Gebert
Tommy Sinclair
David Clarke
Joseph Kemp
Don Beddoe
Detective Sgt. Gus Forbes
Paul Maxey
Sam Jennings
Harry Harvey
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  • May 06, 2018
    Lots of little things to like about this Noir pic, but there's too many missing pieces to love the entire movie.
    Aldo G Super Reviewer
  • Nov 03, 2009
    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
  • Oct 05, 2008
    with roughly a 70 minute runtime i wasn't expecting much but as someone has already said... it kept me on the edge. it wasn't easy to read either. you didn't know what was going to happen next and the ending caught me off guard **SPOILER ALERT - i can't believe they killed off marie windsor towards the end. that's the biggest travesty in film history ever. she's so gorgeous. how can they kill her off??? i'm used to watching modern hollywood movies where the good looking ones die last or not at all. - SPOILER ALERT**
    Sanity Assassin ! Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2008
    A brilliant film noir gem. The dialogue between McGraw and Windsor is brilliant. A fast, tough talking, and fun film with a great twist at the end. Well worth seeing. Walter Brown: Meaning you'd like to sell out? Mrs. Neall: With pleasure and profit, and so would you. What are the odds if we don't? I sing my song for the grand jury, and spend the rest of my life dodging bullets - -if I'm lucky! - -while you grow old and gray on the police force. Oh, wake up, Brown. This train's headed straight for the cemetery. But there's another one coming along, a gravy train. Let's get on it. Walter Brown: Mrs. Neall, I'd like to give you the same answer I gave that hood - but it would mean stepping on your face.
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