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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.

Director:

John Sturges

Writer:

Niven Busch
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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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Another VIOLENT STORY by the author of "DUEL in the SUN" See more »

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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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The Capture (1950)
3 January 2012 | by MartinTellerSee all my reviews

Disappointing western-tinged noir (or noir-tinged western) from John Sturges about a man driven by guilt over killing a robbery suspect. The movie plods and plods, especially during the tedious second act, and doesn't pick up until the end. I would say Lew Ayres that seems wrong for the role, but it's hard to pin down what the role is. Noir is often about making the wrong choices, but this guy just seems to make one bone-headed or misguided decision after another. Teresa Wright's character is equally puzzling. The whole thing just doesn't work. Some potentially interesting psychological angles arise, but they're handled poorly. The score is also a dud and the cinematography isn't that special either. A few good moments aside, nothing much to see here.


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