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The Captive City (1952) was a Crime - Film Noir Film directed by Robert Wise and produced by Theron Warth.


A film noir that stars John Forsythe as an idealistic newspaperman who gets a tip from a detective that the mob has moved into his home town. When our hero uncovers a gambling racket, the detective is murdered, and the police won't do anything to help. Soon the reporter is on the run from a shadowy crime lord, without a friend in the world. The film features an epilogue by an actual U.S. senator warning the public about organized crime.

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The Captive City (1952)

By 4 Star Film Fan on Nov 8, 2022 From 4 Star Films

The movie opens briskly with a man and a woman racing through Middle America in their car. The shots provide a lovely, claustrophobic framing and closeups of our characters making the moment especially palpable. From what I can glean, this was actually attributed to a man named Hoge, a former grip f... Read full article


By Mark on Nov 18, 2008 From Where Danger Lives

For Robert Wise’s 1952 film The Captive City, former Time magazine scribe Alvin Josephy adapted his own short story of a crusading editor who discovers the big city rackets have quietly taken hold in his small corner of the world. The editor, Jim Austin, is played by television icon John Forsy... Read full article

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According to director Robert Wise, the movie was shot entirely in Reno, Nevada. They used the newspaper there, the City Hall, the street. Not one shot was filmed in the studio. IT was filmed in 22-23 days.
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