The Narrow Margin (1952)
A woman planning to testify against the mob must be protected against their assassins on the train trip from Chicago to Los Angeles. (imdb)
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Directed By: Richard Fleischer
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An edge-of-your-seat thriller that clocks in at a lean-as-hell 71 minutes.
This movie was a pleasant surprise. Really good use of the train scenario to build claustrophobia and tension, with some neat photographic tricks and an unexpected twist ending. Short, but sweet.
Sometimes simplicity is an asset for a film, if executed correctly, and that's the case here. Following a quick set up we're treated to a tense hour of tight spaces and suspense aboard a train with slight interludes of levity. It works really well and has some well executed twists.
Makes great use of the train setting, the results are suspenseful and often inventive. It seems to be put in the film noir category, but I wouldn't say it has many of the noir characteristics. There are some excellent twists and surprises which make it a first-rate thriller though. The main drawback is McGraw, who lacks the charisma to be a compelling leading man.
You just can't go wrong with suspense on a train. Impossible.
Near-excellent, minimalistic thriller with a satisfying, twisty-turny plotline.
The twist caught me by surprise, but I thought it was a shame the film ended so quickly afterwards and the consequences of the revelation were essentially ignored. Apart from that it was very good; a brisk, economical thriller with a simple premise, well-written characters and sharp dialogue. Marie Windsor steals the show as the hard-nosed moll, played with just a hint of vulnerability. Some good action sequences, too, including a great fight scene in a cramped train carriage.
With so much happening in its 71 minute runtime it's impossible not to be on the edge of your seat the entire time. It's also very impressive the number of notable characters introduced throughout the film, and the twists and turns that follow. The dialogue is fantastic, the story is simple but told very well, and overall incredibly entertaining.
|Average Percentile 69.81% from 297 Ratings|