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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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"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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4 May 1952 (USA)  »

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The Target  »

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$188,000 (estimated)
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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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The gangster Joseph Kemp is shown looking for mob witness Mrs. Neale in the upper berths of the sleeping car, but these could only be dropped using a Pullman berth key. The car porter is unlikely to have lent his work tool to a passenger. See more »

Quotes

Walter Brown: A dish.
Det. Sgt. Gus Forbes: What kind of a dish?
Walter Brown: She's a 60-cent special. Cheap, flashy, and strictly poison under the gravy.
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Referenced in Silver Streak (1976) See more »

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Perfectly written, taut edgy Film Noir!
6 September 2000 | by (Kalispell, MT) – See all my reviews

This is a fast paced and edgy film noir which could be used as a perfect example of the style. Crisp dialogue, hard characters and sarcastic humor blend perfectly to create a wonderful movie that is over before you know it. This film is really a lost treasure.


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