The Captive City is a tense, absorbing drama [from a screen story by Alvin M. Josephy Jr] of a small town editor’s fight against corruption. It has a documentary quality that rings with authenticity. Based on facts uncovered by probes of the Senate Crime Investigation Committee, it contains a cleverly interwoven epilog by Senator Estes Kefauver, who headed the latter group.
John Forsythe and Harold J. Kennedy, as former GI buddies, are co-owners of a newspaper in a city called Kennington. Then a local private detective, working on an apparently harmless divorce case, discovers the existence of a big-time gambling syndicate operating with the knowledge of the city fathers, the local police and the respectable elements of the community.
Forsythe succeeds in uncovering the whole mess. However, he is powerless to do anything.