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The Narrow Margin

The Narrow Margin

Richard Fleischer (1952)

71min
PG Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This rattlingly good (literally!) train thriller epitomises the very best of the style now known and recognised as film noir. It's directed with a wonderful sense of the claustrophobic by Richard Fleischer and is terrifically performed by tough guy Charles McGraw. He's the cop taking floozy Marie Windsor - who herself is quite superb - to testify to the grand jury, with evidence that will send a mobster gang to the chair. Naturally enough, they don't want her to squeal. The suspense is acute, nobody is quite who they seem to be, and the action is riveting. A classic B-movie, if ever there was one. It was efficiently remade with Gene Hackman in 1990.

Summary

A hard-boiled detective is assigned to ensure a gangster's widow testifies in court and escorts her to Los Angeles by train - but their mutual enmity looks set to guarantee an eventful journey, even without the intervention of hit-men. It's not long before paranoia takes hold and their fellow passengers fall under suspicion. Suspenseful thriller from director Richard Fleischer. Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor, Jacqueline White, Gordon Gebert and Queenie Leonard star.

Cast & Crew

Walter Brown Charles McGraw
Mrs Neil Marie Windsor
Ann Sinclair Jacqueline White
Tommy Sinclair Gordon Gebert
Mrs Troll Queenie Leonard
Kemp David Clarke
Densel Peter Virgo
Director Richard Fleischer
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Other Information

Language: English Black and White Available on: Available on video

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