The Narrow Margin
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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 McGraw) is assigned to protect gangster's widow Mrs. Neall (Marie Windsor) as she rides the train from Chicago to LA, en route to testifying at a grand jury. There's no love lost between the ill-tempered Neall and Brown, especially since Brown's partner (Don Beddoe) was killed by mobsters while shielding Neall from harm. On the train, Brown makes… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"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."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"One of the best B-movies I've ever seen, and deserves to be better known."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
"Along with Ulmer's Detour, the ultimate noir "aesthetics of hunger" manifesto"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion
"The Narrow Margin rumbles along at a good speed with a minimum of fuss, making beautiful use of its compact train locale."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"A hard-as-nails, noir-ish thriller from the often underrated Richard Fleischer."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"This sleeper may very well be the best B-film ever made."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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