The Narrow Margin (1952)

A tough cop meets his match when he has to guard a gangster's widow on a tense train ride.


Great noir. The plot's a bit contrived but it gets really tense and there's some fantastic noir dialogue.

6 years ago


The Narrow Margin starts out with stock noir characters and at an efficient 72 minutes, doesn't allow them to stray very far off type, but there are a couple twists on the premise of a copper keeping a witness alive during a long train ride that make it worth one's while. But more than that, director Richard Fleischer crafts a surprisingly modern-looking film, not at all what you'd expect in 1952, with a more than usually claustrophobic train, and a dynamic, often hand-held camera that keeps us tight in the action. Most older train movies obviously take out walls so they can shoot the story comfortably, and so they look comfortable. Definitely not the case here, and it raises the tension considerably. It helps that the villains are a good match for the protagonist, and that the cat and mouse game is filled with the believable obstacles stemming from the well-realized environment.

a year ago

Rodney Dangerfield

Fairly good but how annoying is that young boy?

7 years ago

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