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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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Taglines:

NO PUNCHES PULLED...NO TRUTHS UNTOLD! (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

Company Credits

Production Co:

Aspen Productions (I) See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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According to director Robert Wise, the movie was shot entirely in Reno, NV in 22-23 days. They used the newspaper office there, the City Hall, the street. Not one shot was filmed in the studio. See more »

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A study in local corruption with journalism for once to advantage
30 August 2019 | by clanciaiSee all my reviews

This is a true story of moral heroism, as a lonely journalist struggles headstrongly against all odds and all advising against it to expose the firm grip of a town by a mafia, which apparently is expert at committing murders and getting away with it. The mood of the film is slightly paranoic, but, as usual with Robert Wise's films, it is efficiently made and keeps a firm grip on the audience to the bitter end, which comes as an unexpected relief. John Forsythe never became a great star, maybe he was to intense in his roles of exposed risk-takers to ever advance from that stage, but his films are always worth watching. The music, also as usual in Robert Wise's films, is exquisitely well suited and keeps up the drama. The message of the film is almost universal: this could happen to you and in any town, and the warning message is to always keep alert and never flinch at the truth.


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