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

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

Certificate:

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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

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Production Co:

Aspen Productions (I) See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of John Forsythe. See more »

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With the endorsement of Senator Kefauver
19 January 2020 | by bkoganbingSee all my reviews

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 story.

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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