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“The Narrow Margin” Screens 5/27

22 May 2009

We’ll be screening the 1952 classic thriller The Narrow Margin on Wednesday, May 27, at 7 PM in the Community Room of the Oswego Public Library (120 East 2nd Street). We’ll discuss the film after the screening. The event is free and open to all. The film runs 71 minutes.

This film noir was directed by Richard Fleischer. Early in his long career, he directed thrillers/crime dramas such as Bodyguard (1948), Follow Me Quietly (1949), Trapped (1949), Armed Car Robbery (1950), and His Kind of Woman (1951). He went on to direct works as varied as Fantastic Vogage, Tora! Tora! Tora! and Conan the Destroyer. The Narrow Margin stars crime drama veterans Charles McGraw and Marie Windsor.

From the Time Out Film Guide:

Fleischer has yet to have his critical day: with Blake Edwards, he is one of the last surviving classically trained American directors. Here is classic pulp premise (cops escorting hoodlum’s widow to Grand Jury trial with a pack of killers bent on eliminating her before she talks); essence of B movie casting (the malevolently magnificent McGraw and the sleazy siren Windsor); and classic setting (transcontinental express train with every passenger, every stop  a possibly malign menace). Teeming with incident, it is fashioned into a taut, breathtakingly fast and highly suspenful ‘sleeper’ par excellence.

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