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The Narrow Margin
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Release Date:
4 May 1952 (USA) See more »
"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 »
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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Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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One of the best B movies ever... See more (76 total) »


  (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 
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)
Crew verified as complete

Production Companies
  • RKO Radio Pictures (presents) (as R K O Radio Pictures, Inc.) (as An R K O Radio Picture also)
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Additional Details

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71 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)
Argentina:16 | Australia:PG | Finland:K-16 | Netherlands:18 (original rating) (1952) | Norway:16 | Spain:13 | Sweden:15 | UK:A | UK:PG (tv rating) | UK:PG (video rating) (1986) (2010) | USA:Not Rated (DVD Rating) | USA:Approved (MPAA rating: certificate #14631) | USA:TV-PG (TV rating) | West Germany:16 (nf)

Did You Know?

When Howard Hughes finally viewed the finished film, he flipped over it and told director Richard Fleischer that he could remake it shot for shot with Robert Mitchum and Jane Russell.See more »
Factual errors: 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 »
Mrs. Neall:That hood wasn't looking at her big blue eyes. He thinks that's me, and I think that's dandy.See more »
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31 out of 34 people found the following review useful.
One of the best B movies ever..., 17 April 2003
Author: JohnnyCNote from Jacksonville, FL

The Narrow Margin is excellent. It's too bad more of our new directors have forgotten how to make a great film with a minimal budget, using instead inventive camera angles, good characters and dialog, and some surprises along the way. I really loved Marie Windsor as the mobster's wife who's going to LA to sing to the Grand Jury. She's one of the toughest broads I've ever seen! Charles McGraw does his standard tough cop role and turns in a performance that sets the standard by which all others are judged.

This is the original, and beats the heck out of the re-make.....

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