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Friday, May 04, 2018

TCM's Film Noir of the Week at Midnight ET Saturday Night-Sunday Morning is the Classic, The Narrow Margin (1952), Starring Noir Icons Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor, Directed by Richard Fleischer

 

 

By David in TN
Friday, May 4, 2018 at 2:49:00 P.M. EDT

 

Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor
 

TCM's Film Noir of the Week at Midnight ET Saturday Night-Sunday Morning is The Narrow Margin (1952). This is one of the best, starring noir icons Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor, directed by Richard Fleischer.
 

Jacqueline White
 

McGraw plays a Los Angeles detective assigned to guard a mobster's widow who's traveling by train to LA to testify against her late husband's crime partners. Early on, McGraw's partner is shot, causing McGraw to rage at Windsor, who seems a nasty piece of work, what McGraw expected in the wife of a mob boss.
 

 

Jacqueline White plays a high class lady also riding on the train. McGraw is afraid she might be caught in the crossfire. The story is fast-paced. Richard Fleischer was skilled at getting a lot of action in a 70-minute film with several plot twists.
 

The Narrow Margin repeats at 10 a.m. ET Sunday morning, May 6.


 

In 1990, Peter Hyams remade The Narrow Margin, with Gene Hackman and Anne Archer in the leads

 

1 comment:

David In TN said...

TCM's Film Noir of the Week at Midnight ET Saturday Night-Sunday morning is Caged (1950). Eleanor Parker stars as a young woman implicated in a forty dollar stickup pulled by her stupid husband. She enters prison as an innocent who has to become a hardened con in order to survive.

Agnes Moorhead plays a sympathetic Warden. The huge Hope Emerson is a vicious matron who delights in persecuting Parker. Betty Garde is the boss con serving time for murder who occasionally bribes Emerson.

Up to that time, prison movies made you wonder "Why are all these nice people in prison?" Caged is a corrective.

It repeats at 10 am ET on Sunday, May 13.