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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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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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Author Niven Busch brings his newest thrill with all the emotional violence that marked his 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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An example of thoughtful storytelling.
23 January 2005 | by ronviethSee all my reviews

I purchased this as part of a 50 Movie pack of DVD's called Action Classics. While that is not the genre I'd call it, The Capture is well worth the time.

The first part of the movie deals with a US oilfield worker in 1935 Mexico. He hunts down and kills a payroll robber. The film then settles into the main part of the story. It is an introspective, psychological analysis of the consequences for himself, and those who remember the dead man. Its all about a search for meaning and truth.

The Capture left me with the feeling I used to get, watching the the short stories that were the staple of anthology drama series of the 1950's -- Twilight Zone, or Zane Grey Theatre -- but of course, this feature film has better production values than a TV series. I loved the innocent thoughtful stories that don't seem to be made any more, and The Capture is a fine example them.


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