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The Narrow Margin

  • Crime/detective
  • Drama
  • 1952
  • Richard Fleischer
  • 71 mins
  • PG

Summary

Crime thriller starring Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor. Detective Walter Brown is given the dangerous task of making sure that a gangster's widow reaches Los Angeles to testify in front of the grand jury before she is silenced by the Mob.

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Review

A star rating of 4 out of 5.

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.

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Credits

Cast

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Walter BrownCharles McGraw
Mrs NeilMarie Windsor
Ann SinclairJacqueline White
Tommy SinclairGordon Gebert
Mrs TrollQueenie Leonard
KempDavid Clarke
DenselPeter Virgo

Crew

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DirectorRichard Fleischer

Details

Released on
1953-02-09
Languages
English
Available on
video
Formats
Black and white
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