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The Narrow Margin (1952)

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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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Richard Fleischer

Writers:

Earl Felton (screen play), Martin Goldsmith (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Charles McGraw ... Det. Sgt. Walter Brown
Marie Windsor ... Mrs. Frankie Neall
Jacqueline White ... Ann Sinclair
Gordon Gebert Gordon Gebert ... Tommy Sinclair
Queenie Leonard ... Mrs. Troll
David Clarke ... Joseph Kemp
Peter Virgo Peter Virgo ... Densel
Don Beddoe ... Det. Sgt. Gus Forbes
Paul Maxey Paul Maxey ... Sam Jennings
Harry Harvey ... Train Conductor
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Storyline

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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"Okay, copper - you rigged it! Let her stop a bullet!" See more »


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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1952 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Target See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$188,000 (estimated)
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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The route the train takes is the route of the old Santa Fe Railroad. The Amtrak Southwest Chief takes that same route as of 2009. See more »

Goofs

The undercover police women, hiding out, is first of all playing loud music in a supposedly empty room, second she has her gun in her purse put away in a closet, and third she's lying around in a negligee and finally, she opens the door rather foolishly to strangers and then she has left her badge and ID where it can be found. See more »

Quotes

Walter Brown: You make me sick to my stomach.
Mrs. Neall: Well, use your own sink.
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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 madbomber03See 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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