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The Narrow Margin (1952)

Not Rated | | Film-Noir, Thriller | 16 August 1952 (Italy)
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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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"She's the one for that bullet--not me!" - Night train West---carrying two mystery women. The secret of one can blast the crime syndicate wide open---and the key killers dare not let it happen! See more »


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Release Date:

16 August 1952 (Italy)  »

Also Known As:

The Target  »


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$188,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film was RKO's biggest money-maker for 1952. See more »


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


Walter Brown: I love it - so get to the point.
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Remade as Narrow Margin (1990) See more »

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Charles McGraw At His Best
10 September 1999 | by 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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