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The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 4 May 1952 (USA)
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 wife decides to testify against his evil deeds, she goes under cover to avoid being killed. Now that he's coming to trial, she has to be 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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The second reporter to enter the train after it arrives in Los Angeles is played by George Sawaya who is also Charles McGraw's stunt double during the fight on the train.This was his first stunt assignment and he went on to double Jack Webb on 'Dragnet'and Warren Beatty on 'Bonnie and Clyde'. See more »

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There are palm trees at the Denver train station. See more »

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Walter Brown: What kind of a dame would marry a hood?
Det. Sgt. Gus Forbes: All kinds.
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Remade as Narrow Margin (1990) See more »

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An Overlooked Classic
4 September 2006 | by (Manitoba, Canada) – See all my reviews

Here's an overlooked classic that more than holds its own over five decades after its release. Two-fisted detective Charles McGraw must protect a crucial witness (Marie Windsor) on a train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. Since keeping a secret is hard, bad guys who aren't so keen on Windsor's testimony are also on board -- and will stop at nothing to silence her. Further complexities are added to an already tense situation when the hit men confuse another passenger as their target.

"The Narrow Margin" is known as a B movie, but you'd never know it from watching it. True, the film isn't flashy, but it does make the most out of everything it has. The story is original and full of twists, the suspense terrific and the acting memorable. With its creative take on what should be a simple story, and with its colorful characters and sharp direction, it's all more than a bit reminiscent of the master himself, Alfred Hitchcock. You won't regret picking this one up now that it's available on DVD.


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