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The Capture (1950)

A badly injured fugitive explains to a priest how he came to be in his present predicament.

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

Niven Busch
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Cast

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
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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 »

Genres:

Crime | Drama | Western

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 April 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Daybreak See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Film debut of Rico Alaniz. See more »

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Goofy adventure story
2 June 2009 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

The Capture tries mightily but in the end it suffers from a meandering script which is too full of plot devices and contrivances. The result is shocking as it was directed by the great John Sturges, who directed some of the best action pictures ever made, including "The Magnificent Seven". It is a picaresque type of a story which might be called " the Adventures of a Guilt-Ridden Oilman". Lew Ayres in the lead role bounces from place to place, falling in love with the wife of a man he has killed while searching for the real payroll thief. As he is on the lam in the midst of his guilt trip, he is eventually discovered and must hit the road again. Eventually he ends up in the same straits as the man he has killed, even incurring an identical injury as the dead man.....

Sorry. I dozed off trying to recount the drab, preposterous proceedings. At best, it is a curiosity which is about 20 minutes too long and stretches the credulity of the viewer to the breaking point. Lew Ayres was good and Teresa Wright was excellent, but even so a question arises; Did they do drugs while writing scripts in the 40's?


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