On Fridays we watch film noir: The Narrow Margin (1952)


Forget the remake with Gene Hackman and Anne Archer, Richard Fleischer’s film is one of the all-time great noirs and probably the best B-picture ever made. Police have to escort the widow of a mobster (Marie Windsor, just as fabulous and sexy as better known film noir dames) as she takes a train to the coast to testify before a grand jury. Charles McGraw plays the officer assigned to protect her. The journey is full of twists and nobody can be trusted. There’s terrific suspense as well as razor sharp dialogue between Windsor and McGraw and top notch acting from all involved. Just 70 minutes long but a hell of a train ride.


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