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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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'THAT BULLET'S MEANT FOR ME!" - Suspense every speeding second aboard a stream-lined limited...as syndicate killers seek to find and silence mystery woman headed for the Grand Jury! See more »


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$188,000 (estimated)
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Opening credits: The characters and events depicted in this photoplay are fictional. Any similarity to actual persons, living or dead, is purely coincidental. 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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Walter Brown: Pardon me, I'd like to get through.
Jennings: Sorry, this train wasn't designed for my tonnage, heh. Nobody loves a fat man except his grocer and his tailor!
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Referenced in Silver Streak (1976) See more »

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Charles McGraw At His Best
10 September 1999 | by (Queens, NY) – See all my reviews

While director Richard Fleischer gets plenty of credit for his role in making the film noir classic "The Narrow Margin" on a shoestring budget, it is hard to imagine this picture without actor Charles McGraw in the lead role. As a tough cop escorting a witness to testify in Los Angeles, McGraw's performance is what holds the picture together. Try to think now of one actor around today who could portray a cop who is at times calculating, other times sarcastic and almost always menacing. In the Hollywood of the 1940s and 50s,Charles McGraw usually played secondary roles in A pictures. In "The Narrow Margin," McGraw shows that with a competent director, he could put on some performance as the star of a movie.


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