The Capture (1950)





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Virtually ignored at the time of its release, Capture has built up a small but enthusiastic following since its lapse into public domain. American oil man Lew Ayres kills a coworker whom he suspects of robbery. Thinking it over, Ayres wonders whether or not the man was innocent. He seeks out his victim's widow, played by Teresa Wright. They fall in love and marry, which does nothing to soothe Ayres' guilty conscience. When he discovers who was actually behind the robbery, Ayres goes after the real culprit, who is accidentally killed before justice can be done. Falsely accused of murder, Ayres now fully understands the untenable position of the man he'd killed so long before. The Capture was produced by Niven Busch, the then-husband of Teresa Wright.
Classics , Drama , Western
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RKO Pictures

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Teresa Wright
as Ellen Yevlin Vanner
Lew Ayres
as Lin Vanner / Lindley Brown
Victor Jory
as Father Gomez
Jacqueline White
as Luana Gomez
Jimmy Hunt
as Mike Tevlin
Barry Kelley
as Earl C. Mahoney
Milton Parsons
as Thin Man
Felipe Turich
as Cpl. Juan Valdez
Edwin Rand
as Sam Tevlin
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Self-doubt and guilt (Ayres) leads to a man's destruction when he comes to believe that he may have caused the death of an innocent man in a rush to judgement. "The Capture" is a modern-day western that features a story and a sense of inevitable doom that puts it on par with classical tragedies. While watching it, I kept thinking, "I [i]should[/i] be enjoying this film... it has all the elements of a movie I [i]should[/i] be enjoying, yet I'm bored." I made two attempts at watching this film, ultimately forcing myself to sit though it. I'm not sure if it's the fact it's told in flashback, or if it's Ayres that seems like he's a bit sleepy at most points of the film, or if it's because each scene actually does go on a bit too long, but there was rarely a moment where I didn't want to urge the movie to get on with it. Ayres lethergy aside, the acting in this film is decent all around, there's some nice camerawork, and the heat and dust of Mexico and the American Southwest can almost be felt wafting from the screen. But, for all these good elements, the film seems to drag for reasons I am unable to put my finger on. If someone out there has seen this movie (which is included in Mill Creek's "[url=""]Dark Crimes[/url]" and "Action Classics" 50-movie packs, as well as being available on its own), I'd love to hear your take on it. The Capture Starring: Lew Ayres, Theresa Wright, Edwin Rand, and Jacqueline White Director: John Sturges

Steve Miller
Steve Miller

Good crime drama, suspenseful, well acted. Good score, nicely photographed. Teresa Wright is especially good.

James Higgins
James Higgins

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