Caught

Overview

It doesn't take a nuclear scientist to figure out that Smith Ohrig, the character played by Robert Ryan in Caught, is a thinly disguised takeoff of Howard Hughes. But whereas Howard Hughes was merely paranoid and eccentric, Smith Ohrig is an all-out psycho. Impulsively marrying ambitious model Leonora Eames Barbara Bel Geddes, Ohrig keeps the poor girl a virtual prisoner in his palatial mansion, tormenting her with twisted mind games while he continues his premarital playboy activities. Coming to the realization ...
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Overview

It doesn't take a nuclear scientist to figure out that Smith Ohrig, the character played by Robert Ryan in Caught, is a thinly disguised takeoff of Howard Hughes. But whereas Howard Hughes was merely paranoid and eccentric, Smith Ohrig is an all-out psycho. Impulsively marrying ambitious model Leonora Eames Barbara Bel Geddes, Ohrig keeps the poor girl a virtual prisoner in his palatial mansion, tormenting her with twisted mind games while he continues his premarital playboy activities. Coming to the realization that wealth and creature comforts are no substitute for stability, Leonora takes a "normal" job in the offices of society doctor Larry Quinada James Mason. Falling in love with her boss, Leonora nonetheless returns to Ohrig when he turns on his patented charm. Only an act of God accelerated by Ohrig's hedonistic lifestyle rescues Leonora from a life of lavish bondage. Billed as Max Opuls on the credits of Caught, director Max Ophuls manages to implant his own distinctive style upon what is essentially a slick Hollywood studio product.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Max Ophuls' sudser about a woman who's terrorized by her wealthy husband is probably about as good a film as could be made from this '40s women's magazine-level script. Despite some interesting, subliminal suggestions about the American obsession with wealth and the way it shaped the way a certain stratum of women thought about themselves in the pre-feminist era, like many soap operas, it's basically an updated gothic romance about a woman who made a Bad Decision. Whether or not Robert Ryan's malevolent mogul was, as rumored, based on the character of Howard Hughes, his atrocious behavior toward his wife (Barbara Bel Geddes) certainly is consistent with the eccentric recluse's notoriously cruel treatment of women. Once again, he's excellent here, more clearly a victim of inner demons than in many of his villainous roles, his relationship with his wife more clearly defined by the vast tracts of space Ophuls' expressive compositions put between them than by their overwrought dialogue. Bel Geddes seems a bit too healthily stolid to be playing the victim here, and James Mason's world-weary sophistication is a bad match with the admittedly lame part of the benign ghetto doctor. Given the constraints of Hollywood, it's not surprising that Ophuls would soon return to Europe to make the best films of his career.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/8/2014
  • UPC: 887090079006
  • Original Release: 1949
  • Rating:

  • Source: Olive Films
  • Presentation: B&W
  • Time: 1:28:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 2,451

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Mason Larry Quinada
Barbara Bel Geddes Leonora Eames
Robert Ryan Smith Ohlrig
Ruth Brady Maxine
Curt Bois Franzi
Frank Ferguson Dr. Hoffman
Art Smith Psychiatrist
Sonia Darrin Miss Chambers
Bernadene Hayes Mrs. Rudecki
Ann Morrison Miss Murray
Wilton Graff Gentry
Jim Hawkins Kevin
Vicki Raw Stiener Lorraine
Natalie Schafer Dorothy Dale
Technical Credits
Max Ophüls Director
Jack Baur Casting
Edward Boyle Set Decoration/Design
Lee Garmes Cinematographer
Joe C. Gilpin Production Manager
Frederick Hollander Score Composer
Arthur Laurents Screenwriter
Gus Norin Makeup
Orry-Kelly Costumes/Costume Designer
Robert Parrish Editor
Rudolph Polk Musical Direction/Supervision
Wolfgang Reinhardt Producer
F. Paul Sylos Art Director
Louise Wilson Costumes/Costume Designer
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