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The Captive City (1952)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 11 April 1952 (USA)
A small town newspaperman's investigation into a local bookie operation turns up a web of organized crime.

Director:

Robert Wise

Writers:

Karl Kamb (screen play by), Alvin M. Josephy (screen play by) (as Alvin M. Josephy Jr.) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
John Forsythe ... Jim Austin
Joan Camden Joan Camden ... Marge Austin
Harold J. Kennedy Harold J. Kennedy ... Don Carey
Marjorie Crossland Marjorie Crossland ... Mrs. Sirak
Victor Sutherland Victor Sutherland ... Murray Sirak
Ray Teal ... Chief Gillette
Martin Milner ... Phil Harding
Geraldine Hall Geraldine Hall ... Mrs. Nelson
Hal K. Dawson Hal K. Dawson ... Clyde Nelson
Ian Wolfe ... Rev. Nash
Gladys Hurlbut Gladys Hurlbut ... Linda Purcy
Jess Kirkpatrick ... Anderson
Paul Newlan Paul Newlan ... Krug
Frances Morris ... Mrs. Harding
Paul Brinegar ... 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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Taglines:

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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 1952 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Tightrope See more »

Filming Locations:

Reno, Nevada, USA

Company Credits

Production Co:

Aspen Productions (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The film is book-ended by the appearance of Senator Estes Kefauver, who chaired the United States Special Committee to Investigate Crime in Interstate Commerce, popularly known as the Kefauver Committee. Exposing the amount of infiltration of organized crime to many in the American population for the first time, the televised portions of the hearings in March of 1951, featuring big names in the gangland rackets, were a national sensation watched by tens of millions of people. See more »

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12 March 2014 | by christopher-underwoodSee 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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