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The Narrow Margin (1952)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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.

Director:

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
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
Gordon Gebert Gordon Gebert ... Tommy Sinclair
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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. Onboard a train going cross-country, she's being escorted in order to testify. Cop Walter Brown and his partner are assigned the task, but the mob are on their trail, attempting to make sure she never reaches her destination. 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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 August 1952 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Target See more »

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Budget:

$188,000 (estimated)
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RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

According to TCM, the film was considered at the time a cut above the usual "B" picture but not quite a top-rank "A" picture--it was categorized as a "nervous A". See more »

Goofs

In the final train corridor scene, as the newspaper reporters try to squeeze by the large railroad detective, the folder rack in the wall contains a TWA flight schedule instead of a railroad timetable. See more »

Quotes

Joseph Kemp: Why don't ya get wise to yourself and give her a break? What's the use of makin' that kid an orphan? Or maybe you like trouble.
Joseph Kemp: Give us the list and nobody gets hurt - no grief, no mess.
Walter Brown: Except for Mrs. Neil, who gets double-crossed ten minutes later. What do ya take me for, a jumbo-sized sucker?
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Referenced in L.A. Noire (2011) See more »

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19 May 2001 | by abooboo-2See all my reviews

Fast, smart and tough. A real treat. Masterfully paced and scripted. Wow. Holds up very very well. This movie sucks you in from the opening credits and never lets go. It's also a bit of a mind game, with an interesting moral dilemma at its center and a beautiful plot twist towards the end. Nobody tells a hysterical dame to "shut up" quite like Charles McGraw and few femme fatales can blow cigarette smoke quite like Marie Windsor (who looks astonishingly like the present day actress Illeana Douglas). The two of them have great smoldering chemistry together. Richard Fleischer's direction is nearly flawless. A joy to watch. Can't wait to see it again. There's a lot going on in this one. By no means, a routine thriller.


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