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The Narrow Margin (1952) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Richard Fleischer and produced by Stanley Rubin.

Academy Awards 1952 --- Ceremony Number 25 (source: AMPAS)

AwardRecipientResult
Best WritingMartin Goldsmith, Jack LeonardNominated
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DEATH IN A CLOSET: MARIE WINDSOR IN THE NARROW MARGIN (1952)

By Terry on Apr 16, 2019 From Stardust and Shadows

The single light bulb of interrogation now shines on Marie Windsor as Mrs. Frankie Neall in the model B classic picture? THE NARROW MARGIN (1952).? The? subject is the? Femme? Fatale.? The term Femme Fatale is defined loosely as “a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers... Read full article


The Narrow Margin (1952)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 22, 2018 From 4 Star Films

The Narrow Margin is comprised of tight and lean drama where every bit of film is used judiciously. This should rightfully earn it respect as one of the preeminent shoestring budget?films of all time within any genre. Because it’s easy to admire films that do a fine job with a plethora of reso... Read full article


Day 12 of Noirvember: See it on TCM — The Narrow Margin (1952)

By shadowsandsatin on Nov 13, 2016 From Shadows and Satin

Don’t miss The Narrow Margin. The other day, when I listed the films noirs that I watch over and over, I forgot one. The Narrow Margin. (Well, I actually forgot more than one, but that?s another story for another day.) This first-rate feature stars two of noir?s baddest bad-asses ? Charles McG... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE NARROW MARGIN (1952)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 1, 2014 From Virtual Virago

It might not be as famous as the noir classics that usually make the top ten lists, but The Narrow Margin (1952) is definitely a picture that every noir fan ought to get around to, and the sooner the better. Richard Fleischer’s tight, smart thriller packs a cross-country train trip with unexpe... Read full article


Classic Films in Focus: THE NARROW MARGIN (1952)

By Jennifer Garlen on Sep 1, 2014 From Virtual Virago

It might not be as famous as the noir classics that usually make the top ten lists, but The Narrow Margin (1952) is definitely a picture that every noir fan ought to get around to, and the sooner the better. Richard Fleischer’s tight, smart thriller packs a cross-country train trip with unexpe... Read full article


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Quotes from

Vincent Yost: We're ready to make a deal. You have her, we want her, how much? It's as simple as that.
Walter Brown: You're under arrest.
Vincent Yost: For what?
Walter Brown: Attempted bribery.
Vincent Yost: Bribery? Heh - you'd never make it stick. I'm a sales executive for the Midwest Equipment Company, Chicago. I've never even gotten as much as a parking ticket.


Mrs. Neall: opening her compartment door in the morning and seeing Brown strap on his gun "What're you gonna do, go out and shoot us some breakfast?"


Walter Brown: So far they haven't spotted you, and they don't know what you look like. But they've seen me. If they start shooting in my direction, I don't want you hit.
Mrs. Neall: You're sure it isn't the other way around?


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Facts about

Filmed in 1950, not released until 1952. According to director Richard Fleischer, when the film was finished RKO Pictures owner Howard Hughes heard good things about it and ordered that a copy of it be delivered to him so he could screen it in his private projection room. The film stayed in the projection room for more than a year, apparently because the eccentric Hughes forgot about it.
Other than a brief scene in which a phonograph is playing, there is no music in the soundtrack.
The route the train takes is the route of the old Santa Fe Railroad. The Amtrak Southwest Chief takes that same route as of 2009.
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