Day 12 of Noirvember: See it on TCM — The Narrow Margin (1952)
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 McGraw and Marie Windsor. McGraw is Walter Brown, a detective who’s assigned to escort a murdered racketeer’s widow by train from Chicago to L.A., where she’s slated to give Grand Jury testimony about her late husband’s “payoff list.” Along the way, they encounter a variety of hoods who are determined to prevent them from reaching their destination.
Set almost exclusively aboard the cross-country train, The Narrow Margin deservedly earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Motion Picture Story. (It lost to The Greatest Show on Earth. Go figure.)
TCM is airing The Narrow Margin on November 13th. Do yourself a favor and tune in. You’ll be glad you did. Among its other attributes, it’s got some of the best noir dialogue this side of Double Indemnity.
Join me tomorrow for Day 13 of Noirvember!