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Wild Calendar (1949)

Caught (original title)
Not Rated | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | April 1949 (USA)
An L.A. department store ambitious young model gets her wish of marrying a millionaire but she eventually discovers that rich life isn't always a happy one.

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(as Max Opuls)

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(screenplay), (novel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
... Larry Quinada
... Leonora Eames
... Smith Ohlrig
... Dr. Hoffman
... Franzi Kartos
Ruth Brady ... Maxine
... Dorothy Dale
... Psychiatrist
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Storyline

It was Leonora Eames' childhood dream come true. She had married Smith Ohlrig, a man worth millions. But her innocent dream became a nightmare once she realizes the truth about her husband - he is power mad and insane! Since he will not grant her a divorce, she leaves her life of luxury on Long Island and goes to work as a receptionist in an impoverished doctor's office in NYC's lower east side. After Smith deceives her into a temporary reconciliation, Leonora becomes pregnant. By the time she realizes she is expecting, she and one of the doctors, Larry Quinada (James Mason), have fallen in love. But she is again lured backed to her wealthy husband to give her child financial security. Her sadistic husband is hell-bent on keeping her and her child prisoner. What will happen to Leonora? Written by Fiona Kelleghan <fkelleghan@aol.com>

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April 1949 (USA)  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,574,422 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$511,000, 31 December 1949

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$776,000, 31 December 1949
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(Western Electric Recording)

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1.37 : 1
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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." See more »

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Leonora Eames: Look at me! Look at what you bought!
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Fascinating Semi-Noir
3 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

"Caught" isn't really a film noir notwithstanding the dramatic scenes in a darkened mansion. It's more a psychological exploration of a gold digger's conversion from pursuit of the rich to love of the pure. Barbara Bel Geddes is very effective as an attractive but poor working class girl not blessed with beauty but guided by a desire for opulence.

Before she can meet the love of her life she allows herself to be swept off her proletarian clods by Robert Ryan who once again is nearly perfect as a character exhibiting crass ruthlessness topped off by a nice dollop of madness. James Mason is a very human M.D., far more likable than the saccharine-sweet screen doctors of the past. He's a pediatrician I wouldn't have minded having when I was a kid.

What is surprising is the ending of this film, one that would be inconceivable today and must have seemed weird to many, particularly women, even then. Of course I won't reveal the resolution but "Caught" is a film very available for rental and well worth the less than ninety minutes it takes to watch an excellent cast tell a good story.


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