Caught

A key American melodrama: draw a line between Citizen Kane and Written on the Wind, and you'll find Ophuls' noir classic at the heady mid-point. A car-hop Cinderella (Bel Geddes) chases a fashion-plate, charm-school dream; a childishly megalomaniac millionaire (Ryan) marries her to spite his analyst. Ophuls holds back his camera to frame the sour domestic nightmare, but gloriously equates motion with emotion when Bel Geddes takes solace with James Mason's virtuous doctor. The alluring web of hearts and dollars has rarely looked so deadly, and only the studio spared us the sight of the kill.

Release details

Duration: 88 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Max Ophüls
Screenwriter: Arthur Laurents
Cast: Barbara Bel Geddes
Robert Ryan
James Mason
Frank Ferguson
Curt Bois
Natalie Schafer
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