Genre Guesstimation – The Narrow Margin (1952)


The idea behind this feature (Genre Guesstimation) is for me to watch a bunch of new movies (or ones that I haven’t seen many times) from the chosen monthly GG genre in order to expand my knowledge of movies within that particular genre.

This month’s Genre has been chosen by Michael Eddy and it is Hitchcockian Films.

Hitchcock films by the master himself and the best “Hitchcock films” not directed by Hitchcock.

Please get me your submissions by the 25th of January by sending them to hitchcockianmike@movierob.net

Try to think out of the box! Great choice Mike!

Let’s see if I felt that this movie would be worthy of being in the company of my others favorite movies in the genre of Hitchcockian Films Movies.

“Sorry, this train wasn’t designed for my tonnage, heh. Nobody loves a fat man except his grocer and his tailor! ” – Jennings

Number of Times Seen – 1 (1 Jan 2018)

Brief Synopsis – A police detective must transport a witness across the country via train while avoiding multiple hitmen who are trying to stop them.

My Take on it – This is a film that I’ve been interested in seeing for years ever since I saw the remake from 1990 with Gene Hackman and Anne Archer.

This is a great thriller and they manage to keep things moving the whole time while constantly building up the suspense.

The plot is filled with lots of twists and turns and that helps keep the viewer on the edge of their seat the whole time because you truly never know what will happen next because things are done so unpredictably.

The cast is great with Charles McGraw, Marie Windsor and Jacqueline White all giving great performances.

I must admit that I’m quite unfamiliar with all of their work, but based on what they manage here, I will definitely need to see what else they have done.

Bottom Line – Fun thriller that works quite well. The twists and turns in the plot keep the viewer on their toes the whole time because you never know what will jump out and surprise you along the way.   McGraw, Windsor and White are all great here and eventhough I’m not familiar with any of their work, they all left me wanting more.  Recommended!

MovieRob’s Favorite Trivia – In preference to removing various walls from the sets, director Richard Fleischer decided to make extensive use of a handheld camera that could be brought into rooms; this was one of the first films to do so. To save money, the train sets were rigidly fixed to the floor and the camera was moved to simulate the train rocking. (From IMDB)

Genre Grandeur Worthy? – Comes really close.  The thrills are great here and they have some great twists, turns and surprises along the way.

Rating – Globe Worthy

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4 thoughts on “Genre Guesstimation – The Narrow Margin (1952)

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  2. Charles McGraw was a terrific character actor in the 50s and 60s. If you want to see more of his work – I’d suggest both Spartacus and The Bridges at Toko-Ri. Neeither fits this month’s GG category – but he’s very good – both as a bad guy and a good guy.

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