The Narrow Margin (Full Screen)

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DVD Features:

  • Commentary by Filmmaker William Friedkin, with Audio Interview Excerpts of Director Richard Fleischer
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 12 minutes
  • Video: Black & White
  • Released:
  • Originally Released: 1952
  • Label: Turner Home Ent
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.37
  • Audio:
    • Mono 1.0 English
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Audio Interview: Excerpts of Director Richard Fleischer
    • Audio Commentary: Commentary by William Friedkin

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Entertainment Reviews:

USA Today - 07/15/2005
"A minor classic and a huge hit on a tiny investment, the film got an Oscar nomination for its story."

Description by OLDIES.com:

The tracks run direct from Chicago to L.A. The Oscar-nominated story, directed by Richard Fleischer (The Boston Strangler) and scripted by his frequent collaborator Earl Felton, zigzags with surprise turns. Film noir favorite Charles McGraw plays a cop guarding a gangster's moll (fellow genre icon Marie Windsor) as she travels west to testify before a grand jury. Also riding the Pullmans: determined hitmen who know the moll is on the train...but don't know what she looks like. All aboard!

Product Description:

Richard Fleischer's THE NARROW MARGIN is a subtle film noir from 1952 which picked up Oscar nominations for writers Martin Goldsmith and Jack Leonard. The story is set on a train running from Chicago to LA. Among the passengers, the former wife of a mobster, Mrs. Frankie Neil (Marie Windsor), travels under heavy police protection. The cops assigned to guard her include Walter Brown (Charles McGraw), a hard-bitten sergeant who fends off the attentions of various mobsters on the train who want Neil dead. On her way to LA to testify against her former husband, Neil needs all the protection she can get as the story unfolds.

McGraw is well-suited to the role of Brown, as he frequently portrayed cops in films as diverse as Stanley Kramer's comedic IT'S A MAD MAD MAD MAD WORLD and the Fleischer-directed ARMORED CAR ROBBERY. Meanwhile, Windsor plays to type in her role, which neatly follows her chosen career path as the actress-du-jour in many noir movies of the period; the pinnacle of her career came via a turn in Stanley Kubrick's brooding crime-thriller THE KILLING. A mobster picture that draws on all the talents of its excellent cast, THE NARROW MARGIN is an often-unheralded entry into the canon of 1950s crime flicks.

Description by Warner Home Video:

Pack your bags for one of movie history's greatest trips, a nifty film noir thriller that Time deemed "worthy of being bracketed in the select group of train thrillers headed by Alfred Hitchcock's The Lady Vanishes."
The tracks run direct from Chicago to L.A. The OscarO-nominated* story, directed by Richard Fleischer (The Boston Strangler) and scripted by his frequent collaborator Earl Felton, zigzags with surprise turns. Film noir favorite Charles McGraw plays a cop guarding a gangster's moll (fellow genre icon Marie Windsor) as she travels west to testify before a grand jury. Also riding the Pullmans: determined hitmen who know the moll is on the train'but don't know what she looks like. All aboard!

Plot Keywords:

Action | Crime | Film Noir | Law / Lawyers | Murder | On-The-Run | Suspense | Thriller

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  • UPC: 053939725421
  • Shipping Weight: 0.25/lbs (approx)
  • International Shipping: 1 item

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