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The Capture (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 8 April 1950 (USA)
A badly injured fugitive explains to a priest how he came to be in his present predicament.

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Badly injured and hunted by the police, Lin Vanner takes refuge in a priest's home, and tells him what has happened. When Vanner was working in a Mexican oil field, he captured a man who was suspected of a payroll robbery, but then felt responsible when the man died in police custody. As a result of the incident, Vanner's fiancée broke off their engagement, and he resigned from his job. He later felt compelled to visit the dead man's widow, and ended up working on her ranch. But, as he now explains to the priest, the past has quickly caught up with him. Written by Snow Leopard

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Killing a Man is One Thing...Loving His Wife is Another...both are DYNAMITE! See more »


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Will Lew Ayres suffer the same fate as a man whom he had shot?
13 August 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love this movie. It has so much going for it. The budget may mostly have gone into getting top people to work on it, as opposed to a fancy production. The music is absolutely first rate, done by Daniele Amfitheatrof. Photography is by Edward Cronjager, direction by John Sturges. The writer is Niven Busch. And of course the cast stars Lew Ayres and Teresa Wright with able support from Barry Kelley, Victor Jory and Jimmy Hunt. Every one of these persons was highly experienced and capable, had done fine work and continued to do fine and memorable work. That very year, Kelley was in The Asphalt Jungle. Busch wrote The Furies that year, and some of the photography and music in The Capture is like that in The Furies. Amfitheatrof did scores for Devil's Doorway and The Damned Don't Cry that year. Cronjager photographed House by the River (quite stunning) that year. Sturges had just done the noir western The Walking Hills and did Mystery Street that year. All of these are top notch film noirs, and this is in 1950 alone. These people were at the top of their forms at this time.

Told in flashback with numerous voice overs by Ayres, the story, set in Mexico, relates his experiences in the aftermath of tracking and shooting a suspected payroll robber. He feels the hand of fate. Much of the time he is a driven and guilt-ridden man, and yet his sunny impulses and love for Wright cannot help but surface, just as her love virtually grows out of her hatred for the man who killed her husband. It is a tale told of the strange emotional fusions that occur in the human heart, where anger rises only to be replaced by regret and love. Ayres searches for redemption. Wright for much of the story is his judge and punisher. The psychological canvas is a rich one.

The available prints vary in quality and the best of them is fairly good with dark scenes showing decent contrast. Yet this film begs to be re-mastered for DVD release.


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