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Caught

Caught is an out-and-out soap opera on film. The performances are topnotch and consistent. So is the direction and physical production dressing. Where film falls down is in the rather ordinary story [from the novel Wild Calendar by Libbie Block] that doesn't take to the twists introduced in an effort to lift it above romantic pulp fiction.

Cast:
James Mason Barbara Bel Geddes Robert Ryan Ruth Brady Curt Bois Art Smith

Caught is an out-and-out soap opera on film. The performances are topnotch and consistent. So is the direction and physical production dressing. Where film falls down is in the rather ordinary story [from the novel Wild Calendar by Libbie Block] that doesn’t take to the twists introduced in an effort to lift it above romantic pulp fiction.

It’s the saga of the carhop who aspires to marry a millionaire. She goes to a charm school, becomes a model, and meets and marries her man. A life of riches isn’t everything, so she gives it up, goes to work in the office of an East Side medico. They fall in love.

The millionaire is better developed than usual in this type story. He’s a tall, dark man of many business interests, odd hours, playboy tendencies and a reluctance to wedlock. Robert Ryan plays him to the hilt.

The shopgirl as played by Barbara Bel Geddes is more rounded and without the empty-headedness such characters usually display. James Mason gives an impressive, underplayed characterization to a not too impressive role.

Caught

Production: Enterprise/M-G-M. Director Max Ophuls; Producer Wolfgang Reinhardt; Screenplay Arthur Laurents; Camera Lee Garmes; Editor Robert Parrish; Music Frederick Hollander;; Art Director P. Frank Sylos

Crew: (B&W) Available on VHS. Extract of a review from 1949. Running time: 88 MIN.

With: James Mason Barbara Bel Geddes Robert Ryan Ruth Brady Curt Bois Art Smith

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