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.
Como en las western, la misión será transportar una mercancía invaluable a sabiendas que existe un gran riesgo ante el acecho del enemigo. Los trenes incluso, un elemento que también es recurrente en el Lejano Oeste. Fleischer, a lo Hitchcock, va provocando momentos de tensión, se van sumando los enemigos sorpresa e incluso los aliados encubiertos. Todo esto en un espacio angosto y limitado.
A train has a lot of potential for Hitchcockesque excitement. In Fleischer's vision the suspense is unfortunately lacking and there are hardly any interesting stylistic choices, which drags the film down into a conventional crime flick. It's not just a bad thing (McGraw's tough demeanor is great and the surprise at the end caught me off guard), but I expect more from a film noir.
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. The setting allows extended exploration of space and character. With every locked door or narrow hallway, the geography of the train creates obstacles and atmospheres. Story-wise, the public nature of the space means that while the heroes and villains can identify each other early on, they are powerless to act. Instead, it's a careful game of intimidation and secrecy told with a tense visual style.
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.