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« : September 20, 2017, 05:25:41 AM »

http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040221/reference

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Caught is directed by Max Ophüls and adapted to screenplay by Arthur Laurents from the novel Wild Calendar written by Libbie Block. It stars Barbara Bel Geddes, Robert Ryan, James Mason, Frank Ferguson and Curt Bois. Music is by Frederick Hollander and cinematography by Lee Garmes.

Seeking to make a comfy nest by marrying a rich man, Leonora Eames (Geddes) snags more than she bargained for when Smith Ohlrig (Ryan) becomes the man of her life. And then circumstance brings Doctor Larry Quinada (Mason) in to her life and things will never be the same again...

Psychological swirls a go go in this fine piece of work. Story was changed somewhat by Ophüls after he was brought in as a last directing throw of the dice. Softening the harsh edges of Leonora's original persona on the page, he brings about a sort of piggy in the middle scenario. On one side she has a tyrant control freak of a husband, on the other she has a good honest gentleman doctor keen to impart his love to her life. It sounds an easy choice to make, but circumstance, the vagaries of noirish fate - of life affirming decisions, doesn't make this a straight forward narrative piece.

Smith Ohlrig is based on Howard Hughes, who surprisingly didn't kick up too much of a fuss once the word got out. This is one troubled character, mean and controlling, superbly portrayed by a chilling Robert Ryan, it's just a pity there isn't time in the piece for more of Ryan's forceful nastiness. The best scenes feature Ryan, the shamble of the marriage is adroitly filmed by Ophüls around the gloomy Ohlrig mansion, with reverse shots, perception tinkerings and isolated shadow play emphasising the relationship from hell - the impact of Lee Garmes' (Nightmare Alley) photography and the art direction of Frank Paul Sylos (The Great Flamarion) also not to be under estimated.

Leonora is a well written character, it would have been easy to have her as weak willed and spineless, but there's a strong feminist bent afforded her by the makers, giving her some guts and intelligence to off set the desperate situation she will find herself in later in the play. Geddes ticks all the right boxes for the emotional requirements of the role, never over doing the histrionics. Mason saunters into the pic with a grace and elegance that made the American market sit up and take notice, a class act and he fits the role perfectly. Ophüls steers this one admirably throughout, arriving at a culminating finale that's guaranteed to make you have conflicting feelings. 8/10

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« #1 : September 20, 2017, 04:20:35 PM »

I still haven't seen this one. Sounds good, I'll track it down.


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« #2 : September 24, 2017, 01:48:23 AM »

I still haven't seen this one. Sounds good, I'll track it down.

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« #3 : September 26, 2017, 09:36:16 PM »

Sounds familiar. I think I might have seen this one about 11-12 years ago, although I might be mixing up this title with another film. Time for a rewatch, or a first viewing, for sure. Robert Ryan is always a joy to see on the big screen.

(Aside: I am still hoping to see the other movie about the raped woman which you reviewed a few weeks ago!)

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« #4 : January 12, 2018, 12:48:08 AM »

I'm watching this now (about an hour into the film) and it's definitely a first-time view for me. Personally, I think that Robert Ryan is by far the best part of the film. He was an exceptional actor and his work in this film sure proves it.  I have to admit that the other characters put me to sleep ages ago. I'm just waiting patiently for more scenes with him. The storyline is a good one, and it would have been better with different actors (except for Robert Ryan, who was perfectly cast).

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« #5 : January 12, 2018, 07:31:34 AM »

Personally, I think that Robert Ryan is by far the best part of the film. He was an exceptional actor and his work in this film sure proves it. 
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« #6 : January 13, 2018, 01:16:45 AM »

You're all right. I don't care what the other board members say about you.

Thanks...but why? Is it because I complimented Robert Ryan? He sure deserves to be complimented. He was a top-notch actor, from what I've seen of him.

Besides this film, I thought that his work in On Dangerous Ground was superb. Other films, too...but I can't think of their names. There's the one where he's a boxer, and the one about a Jew who is murdered (for being Jewish), and one film starring (I think) Van Heflin, but I'm too tired to think of any of the titles.

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« #7 : January 13, 2018, 04:01:19 AM »

he's joking it's a board joke..... ::)


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« #8 : January 13, 2018, 12:02:39 PM »

Besides this film, I thought that his work in On Dangerous Ground was superb. Other films, too...but I can't think of their names. There's the one where he's a boxer, and the one about a Jew who is murdered (for being Jewish), and one film starring (I think) Van Heflin, but I'm too tired to think of any of the titles.
He was always good. The titles of the films you are trying to recall are (in order) The Set Up, Crossfire, and Act of Violence (thank you, IMDb). But, if you haven't already, check these out as well: Trail Street, The Woman on the Beach, The Woman on Pier 13, Born to Be Bad, The Racket, Clash By Night, Beware, My Lovely, Inferno, House of Bamboo, God's Little Acre, Day of the Outlaw,SodsOdds Against Tomorrow, Billy Budd. He made some Westerns in the 60s and early 70s that are worth your time as well. He was amazing--to my mind, a bigger deal even than Bogart.



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« #9 : January 15, 2018, 01:47:11 AM »

Thanks for refreshing my memory on those three titles.  O0

I think I've seen a couple of the films you recommended, but I can't recall them. Maybe they didn't make much of an impression on me, although I'm sure that I would have noticed Robert Ryan's acting.

Robert Ryan vs Humphrey Bogart? They were both fantastic, talented actors. They just had very different styles and they played different sorts of characters. Hard to compare the two of them, in my opinion.

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« #10 : January 15, 2018, 04:26:20 PM »

Ryan had a much greater range. He could play just about anything. Bogart could play only two different characters: Psycho Bogart and Romantic Lead Bogart. In In a Lonely Place Ray was able to conflate the two to achieve a third performance, but that was entirely the director's doing. 



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« #11 : January 18, 2018, 10:47:12 PM »

Bogart also played detectives and gangsters. And then there was that film in which he played a man who joins a club aimed at getting rid of immigrants who were getting hired for jobs which the USA-born folks wanted. I can't think of the film's name now.

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