On New Year's Eve 1946, Sheila Page kills her husband Barney. She wishes that she could relive 1946 and avoid the mistakes that she made throughout the year. Her wish comes true but cheating fate proves more difficult than she anticipated.
Shot on a shoestring budget The Captive City features the starring film debut of
John Forsythe. It also has the endorsement of Senator Estes Kefauver who was
busy running for president at the time when it made it's debut on April 11, 1952.
Forsythe plays the editor of a smalltown newspaper who gets a story from a private investigator on a divorce case. He's representing the wife of a local bookie suing for divorce and he's being hassled by some very big muscle way
out of proportion. When the PI is run down by a car, Forsythe pursues the
Against the advice of one and all. But what has happened is that this local
bookie played by Victor Sutherland has taken on the syndicate as a partner.
These folks make all kinds of threats laced with intimidation.
Forsythe does a nice job as the crusading editor whose only real support in
the town is his wife Joan Camden. A few familiar faces like Martin Milner, Ray
Teal, and Ian Wolfe are in the cast, but the performance best remembered will
be that of Marjorie Crossland as Sutherland's wife. She's a truly frightened
woman and has reason to be.
Estes Kefauver chair of the special Senate committee investigating organized
crime introduced and provided a conclusion for the film. Kefauver was also
running for president and racking up a string of primary victories when this
film was released. The Captive City turned out to be a great campaign
commercial. His party drafted Adlai Stevenson to stop him and in 1952
America liked Ike best of all.
Still The Captive City is a fine film, a good suspenseful noir,.
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