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The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 16 August 1952 (Italy)
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles.

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When a mobster's widow decides to testify and provide names of others involved in evil deeds, she goes undercover to avoid being killed. She is being escorted across country by train in order to testify. Cop Walter Brown and his partner are assigned the task, but the mob are on their trail. Written by Col Needham <col@imdb.com>

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"Okay, copper - you rigged it! Let her stop a bullet!" See more »


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$188,000 (estimated)
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Filmed in 1950, not released until 1952. According to director Richard Fleischer, when the film was finished, RKO Pictures owner Howard Hughes heard good things about it and ordered that a copy of it be delivered to him so he could screen it in his private projection room. The film stayed in the projection room for more than a year, apparently because the eccentric Hughes forgot about it. See more »

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The train route in the movie is that of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe through La Junta, Colorado, the route of the Super Chief, but the locomotive that is shown is a Southern Pacific GS-class locomotive. See more »

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Joseph Kemp: All right copper, I'm not in this alone, but you are. You're just one guy buckin' a big company, it don't matter if you beat my brains out or not - we're in business for keeps.
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Referenced in Silver Streak (1976) See more »

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One of the best B movies ever...
17 April 2003 | by (Jacksonville, FL) – See all my reviews

The Narrow Margin is excellent. It's too bad more of our new directors have forgotten how to make a great film with a minimal budget, using instead inventive camera angles, good characters and dialog, and some surprises along the way. I really loved Marie Windsor as the mobster's wife who's going to LA to sing to the Grand Jury. She's one of the toughest broads I've ever seen! Charles McGraw does his standard tough cop role and turns in a performance that sets the standard by which all others are judged.

This is the original, and beats the heck out of the re-make.....


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