The Captive City
The Captive City (1952)

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,… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: March 26, 1952
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Critic Score: 78% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Variety Staff

A tense, absorbing drama.

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TV Guide

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.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

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

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Somewhere along about the middle of all these goings-on, an alert and knowing observer may spot some provoking holes.

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Adrian Turner
Radio Times

An exposť of organised crime, as seen through the eyes of a small-town newspaper editor, played by John Forsyth.

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The film is one of those works that uneasily links the old B-movie tradition with the message movies that later took over with bigger production values.

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Nigel Floyd
Time Out

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.

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Sean Axmaker
Parallax View

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

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Dennis Schwartz
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

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

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Flixster Audience Score: 67% Flixster User Reviews
Randy Tippy
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… More