The Captive City (1952)
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One of several early-1950s films to capitalize on the Kefauver Committee's investigation of organized crime, The Captive City stars John Forsythe as crusading editor Jim Austin. While Austin prepares his testimony before the Committee, the film flashes back to the events which led to this courageous act. Victor Sutherland plays mob boss Murray Sirak, who has the entire police force of Austin's hometown under his thumb. Sirak in turns takes his orders from an unseen Mister Big, who of course is "above the law"--or so it seems. Based on the experiences of Time magazine reporter Alvin Josephy Jr. (who co-authored the script), Captive City contains the added fillip of a guest appearance by Senator Estes Kefauver himself. … More
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as Jim Austin
as Phil Harding
as Marge Austin
as Don Carey
as Chief Gillette
as Mrs. Sirak
as Murray Sirak
as Clyde Nelson
as Mrs. Nelson
as Linda Percy
as Rev. Nash
as Mrs. Harding
as Phone Man
as Police Sergeant
as Himself (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Captive City
... a tough yet austere little crime story carved out of a small budget.
Cutting Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons definitely did Wise a few favors.
Audience Reviews for The Captive City
John Forsythe is an honest, small town newspaper editor who tugs at a tiny thread and unravels an entire crime syndicate. An obscure but worthy little film noir bolstered by the the talented (and somewhat masculine) Miss Joan Camden.
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