The Narrow Margin
The Narrow Margin (1952)

The Narrow Margin is generally considered a "model" B picture; some film buffs go farther than that, labelling this 1952 RKO suspenser as the best low-budget studio production ever made. Nail-hard detective Walter Brown (Charles… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: May 4, 1952
DVD Release Date: July 5, 2005
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Critic Score: 100% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Emanuel Levy
EmanuelLevy.Com

The cast may be B-level, but the sharp writing, taut direction, and production values of the Richard Fleischer's noir thriller (which is superior to the 1990 remake) are not.

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Michael W. Phillips, Jr.
Goatdog's Movies

One of the best B-movies I've ever seen, and deserves to be better known.

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Fernando F. Croce
CinePassion

Along with Ulmer's Detour, the ultimate noir "aesthetics of hunger" manifesto

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Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid

The Narrow Margin rumbles along at a good speed with a minimum of fuss, making beautiful use of its compact train locale.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

A hard-as-nails, noir-ish thriller from the often underrated Richard Fleischer.

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

This sleeper may very well be the best B-film ever made.

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Flixster Audience Score: 88% Flixster User Reviews
Cindy I
Good film noir set entirely on and around a train. Charles McGraw plays a cop hired to transport the widow of a murdered gangster cross-country to testify… More
Emily B.
A brilliant film noir gem. The dialogue between McGraw and Windsor is brilliant. A fast, tough talking, and fun film with a great twist at the end. Well worth… More
Pierluigi Puccini
I've always considered a train as an ideal geography for suspense. A claustrophobic spot where a cat-and-mouse game seems edgier than usual, and this was… More
Michael Gildea
Not amazing, but entertaining.