Caught (1949) Poster



The character Smith Ohlrig is based on Howard Hughes,
The 1992 restoration of the film, done at UCLA Film and Television Archives, was financed by Martin Scorsese, who would direct a biopic of Howard Hughes - upon whose life the film is based - The Aviator (2004) a decade later.
This was the first American film that James Mason made after coming to Hollywood from England.
James Mason said of director Ophuls, "I think I know the reason why producers tend to make him cry. Inevitably they demand some stationary set-ups, and a shot that does not call for tracks is agony for dear poor Max, who, separated from his dolly, is wrapped in deepest melancholy. Once, when they took away his crane, I thought he'd never smile again..."
Both John Berry and Robert Aldrich directed additional scenes, uncredited.
For his American film debut, Mason was cast in the villainous role enacted by Robert Ryan. Mason wanted to change the villainous image he's established in British films and demanded he play the other male role.
After reading the enthusiastic preview cards for "Caught," Mason said, "The release date was three months ahead. For everyone concerned...these were three months of euphoria...things returned to normal when the film opened in New York. No one came to see it."

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