Imagine a classic Hollywood romance with Wednesday Addams behind the lens.
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.
I didn't expect it to be so well made and as emotional as it was. Usually I don't like this kind of films (Hitchcock's Rebecca, anyone?). But this one really surprised me. And the ending was very nice too...