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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 to the realization that wealth and creature comforts are no substitute for stability, Leonora takes a "normal" job in the offices of society doctor Larry Quinada (James Mason). Falling in love with her boss, Leonora nonetheless returns to Ohrig when he turns on his patented charm. Only an act of God (accelerated by Ohrig's hedonistic lifestyle) rescues Leonora from a life of lavish bondage. Billed as Max Opuls on the credits of Caught, director Max Ophuls manages to implant his own distinctive style upon what is essentially a slick Hollywood studio product. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Barbara Bel Geddes
as Leonora Eames
Robert Ryan
as Smith Ohlrig
James Mason
as Larry Quinada
Ruth Brady
as Maxine
Curt Bois
as Franzi Kartos
Frank Ferguson
as Dr. Hoffman
Natalie Schafer
as Dorothy Dale
Art Smith
as Psychiatrist
Sonia Darrin
as Miss Chambers
Bernadene Hayes
as Mrs. Rudecki
Ann Morrison
as Miss Murray
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  • Jul 05, 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.
    Kevin M. W Super Reviewer
  • Sep 26, 2012
    A really smart, melodramatic, intense and interesting movie. The cast is good, everyone plays their part right. I really enjoyed it.
    Aj V Super Reviewer
  • Aug 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.
    Walter M Super Reviewer
  • Aug 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
    Stella D Super Reviewer

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