The Captive City (1952)
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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)
Critic Reviews for The Captive City
Somewhere along about the middle of all these goings-on, an alert and knowing observer may spot some provoking holes.
The earnest plot is nothing to write home about, but the effective use of documentary-style location shooting and deep-focus photography was innovatory for its day.
...an enjoyable crime melodrama with a ripped-from-the-headlines plot...
Teal is frighteningly realistic as the corrupt police chief, and Sutherland is even more terrifying as the crime boss. Dawson is perfect as the gumshoe whose honesty exceeds his greed.
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.
A reporter discovers his small town is being taken over by a crime syndicate. Kind of disappointing compared to Robert Wise's other noir films like The Set-Up and Odds Against Tomorrow. It is well-directed and makes good use of John Forsythe (not a great actor, but a likable joe). But the story is very been-there-done-that, with nothing too exciting to add. The mob in this movie is rather low-key, by noir standards, and so there isn't as much tension or threat of danger as it feels like there should be. Not a bad movie, just needs more juice.
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