The Captive City (1952)

The Captive City





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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 … More

Rating: Unrated
Genre: Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics
Directed By:
Written By: Alvin Josephy, Jr., Karl Kamb
In Theaters:
United Artists

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as Jim Austin

as Phil Harding

as Marge Austin

as Chief Gillette

as Murray Sirak

as Clyde Nelson

as Mrs. Nelson

as Linda Percy

as Rev. Nash

as Mrs. Harding

as Police Sergeant

as Fabretti

as Himself (uncredited)
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Critic Reviews for The Captive City

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (3)

Full Review… | March 4, 2009
Top Critic

Full Review… | March 25, 2006
New York Times
Top Critic

Full Review… | February 9, 2006
Time Out
Top Critic

... a tough yet austere little crime story carved out of a small budget.

Full Review… | October 22, 2011
Parallax View

Cutting Citizen Kane and The Magnificent Ambersons definitely did Wise a few favors.

Full Review… | May 1, 2006
Slant Magazine

One of the first crime films to use the Kefauver crime hearings as part of its expose story.

Full Review… | October 29, 2004
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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.

Randy Tippy

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