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Director:
Writers:
Earl Felton (screen play)
Martin Goldsmith (story) ...
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Release Date:
4 May 1952 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
"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 »
Plot:
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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Awards:
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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(17 articles)
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Charles McGraw At His Best See more (76 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Charles McGraw ... Det. Sgt. Walter Brown

Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Frankie Neall

Jacqueline White ... Ann Sinclair
Gordon Gebert ... Tommy Sinclair
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Troll

David Clarke ... Joseph Kemp
Peter Virgo ... Densel

Don Beddoe ... Det. Sgt. Gus Forbes
Paul Maxey ... Sam Jennings
Harry Harvey ... Train Conductor
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Peter Brocco ... Vincent Yost (uncredited)
Ivan Browning ... Waiter (uncredited)
George Chandler ... Accomplice Running Newsstand (uncredited)
James Conaty ... Tenant in Apartment House Hallway (uncredited)
Don Dillaway ... Reporter (uncredited)
Franklyn Farnum ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Tom Ferrandini ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Don Haggerty ... Det. Wilson (uncredited)
Clarence Hargrave ... Waiter (uncredited)
Art Howard ... Commuter at Train Station (uncredited)
Bobby Johnson ... Redcap (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Tenant (uncredited)
Mike Lally ... Taxi Driver (uncredited)
Johnny Lee ... Waiter (uncredited)
William A. Lee ... Newsstand Owner (uncredited)
Walter Merrill ... Officer Allen (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Howard M. Mitchell ... Train Conductor (uncredited)
Edgar Murray ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Franklin Parker ... Telegraph Attendant (uncredited)
George Sawaya ... Reporter (uncredited)
Jeffrey Sayre ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Ray Spiker ... Train Passenger (uncredited)
Jasper Weldon ... Porter (uncredited)
Napoleon Whiting ... Redcap (uncredited)
Bob Whitney ... Commuter at Train Station (uncredited)

Directed by
Richard Fleischer 
 
Writing credits
Earl Felton (screen play)

Martin Goldsmith (story) and
Jack Leonard (story)

Produced by
Stanley Rubin .... producer
 
Cinematography by
George E. Diskant (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Robert Swink (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Albert S. D'Agostino 
Jack Okey 
 
Set Decoration by
Darrell Silvera (set decorations)
William Stevens (set decorations)
 
Costume Design by
Adele Balkan (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
William Dorfman .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Clem Portman .... sound
Francis M. Sarver .... sound (as Francis Sarver)
 
Music Department
Gene Rose .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Leith Stevens .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Dave Torbett .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Roy Webb .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
71 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Certification:
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | Norway:16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:PG | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (PCA #14631) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many film-noir aficionados believe the "hard-boiled" dialogue scenes between Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor are among the best in the genre.See more »
Goofs:
Plot holes: 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:What kind of a dame would marry a hood?
Det. Sgt. Gus Forbes:All kinds.
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36 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Charles McGraw At His Best, 10 September 1999
Author: gerrytwo from Queens, NY

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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