The Narrow Margin (1952)
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as Det. Sgt. Walter Brown
as Mrs. Frankie Neal
as Ann Sinclair
as Tommy Sinclair
as Mrs. Troll
as Gus Forbes
as Train Conductor
as Taxi Driver
as Off. Allen
as Train Conductor
as Det. Wilson
as Newsstand Owner
as Telegraph Attendant
Critic Reviews for The Narrow Margin
...a stripped-down premise that's employed to watchable yet far-from-enthralling effect...
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.
One of the best B-movies I've ever seen, and deserves to be better known.
Audience Reviews for The Narrow Margin
Lots of little things to like about this Noir pic, but there's too many missing pieces to love the entire movie.
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.
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.
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