THE CAPTIVE CITY
1952, Park Circus/MGM, 91 min, Dir: Robert Wise

John Director Robert Wise and director of photography Lee Garmes capture the essence of Senator Estes Kefauver’s national crusade (he narrates the film’s epilogue) against organized crime in authentic “docu-noir” style. John Forsythe stars as a crusading newspaper editor who uncovers a sinister gambling syndicate whose corrupting influence renders the entire city helpless. Screenwriter Alvin Josephy based his script on his own experiences as a reporter uncovering organized crime in Santa Monica after World War II.


SCROOGED
1988, Paramount, 101 min, USA, Dir: Richard Donner

In this hilarious updated version of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol,” Bill Murray stars as Frank Cross, a selfish, cynical TV executive visited by three spirits on Christmas Eve. With Karen Allen and John Forsythe.


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