White middle-class conformist without a family vacillates between an incorruptibility restricted to the pristine 1950's suburbs and the ripping denotations of movement in modern existence, the narrow margin being both the heuristic system of the train's spaces and itinerary and the division of women in a corridor between culpability and assurance. The windows are movie screens. Windsor smokes through her nightgown.
Perfect noir. Expanded (and early) version of North By Northwest train sequence. Also may have inspired some westerns: Anthony Mann's The Naked Spur and Budd Boetticher's "Ranown Cycle" films. The most beautiful thing about the movie is that the policemen always make mistakes, ordinary and amateur people. not the usual types.
Excellent use of locations as far as the train goes but on a whole this fell a bit short for me the characters didn't feel distinct enough for me with the possible exception of a few of McGraw's insights about police work. The most interesting character in the film is cast aside and forgotten about as another poster mentioned. Still very worthwhile for noir fans. Worth seeing.
I've always considered a train as an ideal geography for suspense. A claustrophobic spot where a cat-and-mouse game seems edgier than usual, and this was no exception.
An intense, enormously effective thrill ride, full of great twists and occasional touches of humour.
One of the best noirs which unfortunately is also one of the lesser well known. The train setting reminds a bit of Berlin Express, another great noir, but this one has it beat in terms of edge of your seat suspense and plot twists. Excellent
I was 3 minutes into this movie and suddenly my memory came alive, "This seems familiar". Wait, maybe it's just a similar story. You know how those noir are, they're all the same anyway. Well to be sure I fast forwarded to the end and yeah, I definitely had seen this. The Narrow Margin is the first film (that I am aware of anyway) that I have seen and forgotten about. I didn't remember disliking it, so I rate it 3.