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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 ... 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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SEN. KEFAUVER SAYS: "I URGE YOU TO SEE IT!" (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

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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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Feature film debut of Joan Camden. See more »

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A simple and effective crime drama
9 October 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

John Forsythe stars in this excellent crime drama directed by Robert Wise. Unlike most movies involving the mob, this one is quite a bit different, as you never actually get to see many of the crooks and the menace is much more implied than actual. This isn't bad, as it makes the film seem less predictable and more realistic.

Forsythe is a newspaper owner in a small town where you'd never expect the mob. When a local private detective comes to Forstythe with stories of mobs and payoffs, the newspaperman can't believe it and only does a cursory investigation. But, when a bit later this detective is killed, Forstythe starts to wonder if there really is more to the story. Unfortunately for him, when he digs deeper, he puts his life on the line as well.

Senator Kefauver (who made a name for himself crusading against organized crime) gives an epilogue in which he says the story is true. I'd really like to know more, though IMDb doesn't have any information about the case. If anyone can give me more info, I'd appreciate it.


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