Girls With Guns: Marie Windsor

marie windsor the narrow margin

One of the 1940’s – 50’s many “Queen Of The B’s”, Marie Windsor (Emily Marie Bertelsen, 1919 – 1980) would’ve turned 100 today, December 11th.  Her film and television resume is a mile long, including her share of crime melodramas and a couple key noir films: Force Of Evil with John Garfield in 1948, and one of her best (and a personal favorite or mine), The Narrow Margin from 1952 (a publicity still from that film shown above) most of which takes place on a train, with Windsor playing a murdered mobster’s widow…or is she? (She’s much, much more.) Naturally athletic and considered tall for her time at 5’9″, she often had to stoop or do scenes sitting down when paired with height-challenged male co-stars.

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    1. I agree: 5′ 9″ isn’t tall. Nonetheless, two different online bios pointed this out, even noting that in at least one case the actress made her on-camera entrance to a scene in a kind of stoop so she wouldn’t appear taller than her costar. Perhaps 5′ 9″ plus heels was enough to unnerve some male actors, who knows?

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