Cinema: The New Pictures, Sep. 19, 1955

The Phenix City Story (Allied Artists). Long before the Civil War, Phenix City, Ala.—its name was Lively in those days—was known as the Sodom of the South. By 1941 it had grown into a "Sin City" of more than 15,000 permanent residents, almost all of them employed in the vice factories—gambling dens, brothels, dope parlors—that lined Phenix City's 14th and Dillingham Streets. By night the population doubled, and most of the steady customers came from Fort Benning, the U.S. Army's training camp across the Chattahoochee. When the boys didn't come to Sin City,...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now


Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!