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Caught (1949)


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Release Date: Jan 1, 1949 Wide



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It doesn't take a nuclear scientist to figure out that Smith Ohrig, the character played by Robert Ryan in Caught, is a thinly disguised takeoff of Howard Hughes. But whereas Howard Hughes was merely paranoid and eccentric, Smith Ohrig is an all-out psycho. Impulsively marrying ambitious model Leonora Eames (Barbara Bel Geddes), Ohrig keeps the poor girl a virtual prisoner in his palatial mansion, tormenting her with twisted mind games while he continues his premarital playboy activities. Coming


Drama, Mystery & Suspense, Classics

Arthur Laurents, Libbie Block

Jul 8, 2014

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... belongs as much to the murky world of American film noir as to the polished European dramas of high society social appearances and power games.

February 19, 2012 Full Review Source: Parallax View
Parallax View

European incantation has given way to the shadows of American noir

November 16, 2009 Full Review Source: CinePassion

Remarkable, unusual drama.

August 8, 2008 Full Review Source: Classic Film and Television
Classic Film and Television

Brilliantly perceptive soap opera film noir.

January 25, 2007 Full Review Source: Ozus' World Movie Reviews
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Audience Reviews for Caught

A really smart, melodramatic, intense and interesting movie. The cast is good, everyone plays their part right. I really enjoyed it.
September 26, 2012

Super Reviewer

a fun film, mostly for robert ryan's terrific portrayal of a neurotic howard hughes like character. this is more soap opera than film noir but everything ophuls did is interesting. mason's doctor character is a little too noble maybe. at least he gets to play the good guy for once. this isn't on dvd but is streaming on netflix instant
August 20, 2011
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

Moody drama with fantastic acting. All three leads offer strong performances. Robert Ryan playing perhaps an even more odious character than usual. James Mason, no stranger to menace himself, handling the upright fellow this time and being very dashing about it. Interesting to see Barbara Bel Geddes this early in her career and playing a character so different from her famous Miss Ellie. Well directed with heavy use of shadows really making even the large rooms of the mansion feel closed in and oppressive. Watch closely towards the beginning and you will see Barbara Billingsley as a customer in the department store.
May 19, 2011
jay nixon

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In "Caught," Leonora(Barbara Bel Geddes) dreams of the finer things of life in her sweltering apartment. So, her roommate Maxine(Ruth Brady) promises she will get her a job at the department store where she works when she graduates from charm school. To afford to pay tuition, Leonora has to cut expenses like only being able to afford 25 cents for lunch. But graduate she does, and while working as a floor model, she is invited to a yacht party that is being thrown by Smith Ohlrig(Robert Ryan) who turns out to be very different from what she imagined.

Directed by Max Ophuls, "Caught" is a soapy melodrama that has a couple things going for it that push it above the purely routine. The first is James Mason who can do little wrong. The other is the movie's protofeminist message that strongly suggests that marrying for money is never the way to go. And it's not only women this is aimed at, as Smith has a bad heart, both figuratively and literally. However, at this point in time, women are not yet above the secretarial pool and it is hard to have sympathy for such a feckless lead character.
August 20, 2011
Walter M.

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