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The Capture (1950)

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


John Sturges


Niven Busch




Complete credited cast:
Lew Ayres ... Vanner
Teresa Wright ... Ellen
Victor Jory ... Father Gomez
Jacqueline White ... Luana
Jimmy Hunt ... Mike
Barry Kelley ... Mahoney
Duncan Renaldo ... Carlos
William Bakewell ... Tolin
Milton Parsons ... Thin Man
Frank Matts ... Juan
Felipe Turich Felipe Turich ... Valdez
Edwin Rand Edwin Rand ... Tevlin


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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Author Niven Busch brings his newest thrill with all the emotional violence that marked his DUEL in the SUN See more »


Crime | Drama | Western


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Man captures someone who might be innocent
25 August 2002 | by tmwestSee all my reviews

This film is a happy surprise, because so little was written about it that you tend to think it can´t be good. But it is a very good western, which takes place probably in the 1950´s in Mexico. Lew Ayres, driven by the ambition of his girlfriend, shoots a man who he thinks is culpable of a robbery.After he does it, he starts having second thoughts, if he did not shoot the wrong person,and leaves his job.He meets Theresa Wright and starts working for her. The story, written by Niven Busch is very well built, and at many times makes you think of "Pursued", also written by Busch, and starring Theresa Wright. Ayres, like Robert Mitchum in "Pursued" gets involved in tragic events and feels he cannot escape from his destiny.

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8 April 1950 (USA) See more »

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Daybreak See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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