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Super Reviewer
July 5, 2014
Robert Ryan plays Smith Ohlreg (or Oil-rig Smith, get it?), uber-rich playboy who is little more than a cardboard cutout of a character in this super heavy morality tale about the evils of desiring wealth, but he's still the most interesting thing in this film. James Mason seems as surprised as we that he gets to play a good guy, and maybe even a little nervous that we'll probably find out that he's always had a darker purpose in the last reel. And Barbara Bel Geddes is our innocent victim, at least given a chance to run around braless for oomph appeal.
Super Reviewer
September 26, 2012
A really smart, melodramatic, intense and interesting movie. The cast is good, everyone plays their part right. I really enjoyed it.
rubystevens
Super Reviewer
½ August 20, 2011
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
jjnxn
Super Reviewer
½ May 8, 2011
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.
Harlequin68
Super Reviewer
August 20, 2011
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.
½ June 24, 2013
.. 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.
September 28, 2012
Finely acted and peculiar with occasionally inventive camerawork. Begins in familiar territory and returns to touch base with the familiar from time to time, but becomes increasingly dark and transgressive. The ending would be tragic in most films, here it's played as a happy ending.

Imagine a classic Hollywood romance with Wednesday Addams behind the lens.
Super Reviewer
July 5, 2014
Robert Ryan plays Smith Ohlreg (or Oil-rig Smith, get it?), uber-rich playboy who is little more than a cardboard cutout of a character in this super heavy morality tale about the evils of desiring wealth, but he's still the most interesting thing in this film. James Mason seems as surprised as we that he gets to play a good guy, and maybe even a little nervous that we'll probably find out that he's always had a darker purpose in the last reel. And Barbara Bel Geddes is our innocent victim, at least given a chance to run around braless for oomph appeal.
½ April 20, 2015
What an awkwardly strange movie this is. A woman who wants a rich man to marry gets one, but then he turns out to be scum. She runs away, gets a job at a doctors office, falls in love with the doctor, and then the rich guy comes to woo her away again. All the performers are great here, especially Ryan. But man, all these characters, and that ending, which seems to celebrate a rather morbid death, is a bit over the top.
½ November 8, 2014
I really enjoyed this classic film.....
May 13, 2014
Strong big screen love triangle drama with Robert Ryan's psycho the dominant character despite a third billing.
July 29, 2013
I was expecting a film noir (like Ophuls' later The Reckless Moment) but instead this definitely tilts into melodrama territory of the soapy Sirkian kind, laced with social commentary. Barbara Bel Geddes plays the poor girl who goes to charm school to find a way to marry rich and she does...to her detriment beause she marries Robert Ryan (playing a veiled version of Howard Hughes) who is seriously messed up. Later in the film, she escapes into the arms of James Mason (or does she?). Ophuls' gliding camera is here and he has a way of making the material sing.
½ June 24, 2013
.. 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.
½ March 20, 2013
Bel Geddes finest hour in Ophul's melodrama about paranoia of unshackled capitalism--A Marriage Made in Hell!!
November 4, 2012
More a class-conscious melodrama than a true noir, it's emotionally engaging on that level. Ryan can play cruel bastards in his sleep and boy does he ever here, and Ophuls is inspired in the way he moves his camera.
September 28, 2012
Finely acted and peculiar with occasionally inventive camerawork. Begins in familiar territory and returns to touch base with the familiar from time to time, but becomes increasingly dark and transgressive. The ending would be tragic in most films, here it's played as a happy ending.

Imagine a classic Hollywood romance with Wednesday Addams behind the lens.
Super Reviewer
September 26, 2012
A really smart, melodramatic, intense and interesting movie. The cast is good, everyone plays their part right. I really enjoyed it.
½ August 3, 2012
Moody, beautifully photographed film noir.
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