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The Captive City (1952)

A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

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Jim Austin
Joan Camden ...
Marge Austin
Harold J. Kennedy ...
Don Carey
Marjorie Crossland ...
Mrs. Sirak
Victor Sutherland ...
Murray Sirak
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Chief Gillette
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Phil Harding
Geraldine Hall ...
Mrs. Nelson
Hal K. Dawson ...
Clyde Nelson
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Rev. Nash
Gladys Hurlbut ...
Linda Purcy
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Anderson
Paul Newlan ...
Krug
Frances Morris ...
Mrs. Harding
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Police Sergeant
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A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

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NO PUNCHES PULLED...NO TRUTHS UNTOLD! (original print ad - all caps) See more »

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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11 April 1952 (USA)  »

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The Tightrope  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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According to director Robert Wise, the movie was shot entirely in Reno, Nevada. They used the newspaper there, the City Hall, the street. Not one shot was filmed in the studio. It was filmed in 22-23 days. See more »

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12 March 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Robert Wise directs but without much enthusiasm and Lee Garmes, the cinematographer has little opportunity to show his skill. Indeed, this little B movie, I hesitate to use the much overused 'noir' tag, is most uninspired. Prompted, apparently, by the real life Senate Committee on organised crime and even sporting an afterword by the real life head of that committee, Senator Estes Kefauver, urging American citizens to play their part in stamping out such crime in their neighbourhoods, this still lacks a bit of 'life'. John Forsythe doesn't help with a lacklustre performance as the lead and Joan Camden even less so as his wife. The thing here is that this was clearly intended as a well meaning do good kind of a film, setting out the problem and urging everyone to help solve it. To help things along at one point the wife asks her husband, 'What is the mafia?' so there's little doubt at what level this film was aimed. Competent but far too uninteresting a story and with no violence the 'real life' message is about all this has.


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