The story of a desperate girl!
It was her childhood dream come true. She had married a man worth millions. But her innocent dream became a tormented nightmare once she realized the truth about her husband. He was more than a millionaire, he was absolutely insane!
A poor model (Barbara Bel Geddes) marries a millionaire (Robert Ryan), but soon finds out he is psychotic. She flees her golden cage and goes to work for a poor pediatrician (James Mason). A romance slowly develops, but then she finds out she’s pregnant from her husband.
[b]Caught[/b] is very well acted all around, but the point that money does not make you happy is laid on pretty thick, it all leads to a highly unsatisfactory ending and even Max Ophüls’ stylistic flourishes, usually so graceful, come across heavy handed here.
"A tender and brutal work, on par with The Reckless Moment in its subversive beauties: a gossip column trumpeting the couple's parenthood becomes ominous, miscarriage becomes deliverance, love and freedom are affirmed in the back of an ambulance."
- Fernando F. Croce (Cinepassion, May 2010)
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Very dark and architecturally directed Ophuls melodrama about a love triangle between a woman, a doctor and a flithy rich movie producer.
The third of Ophuls' American films that I have seen, and if not quite the equal of LETTER FROM AN UNKNOWN WOMAN or THE RECKLESS MOMENT, this is still great melodrama, shot masterfully and with a truly radical happy ending.
I saw a bumper sticker the other day that read "Trust Women"...
I'm a bit pedantic when it comes to noir, I don't want borderline noirs, or genre mashups. This one is definitely not a noir as I want them, but that doesn't make it a bad movie. Not at all. Robert Ryan is always watchable, in my mind the embodiment of a bad guy. Here he's what some have likened to a Howard Hughes megalomaniac, who treats people as a commodity, even his wife. In other words, Ophüls uses Ryan's character to have a dig at capitalism. Brave for such an early film. To top if off Bel Geddes and Mason have fine chemistry.
The ending is a bit "meh"...
"A woman marries a millionaire businessman only to find that money doesn't make her happy. I didn't believe in the marriage or the performances of the cast in this unlikely story."
A bit too tidy in the wrap up of the plot, perhaps, and somewhat reductive in its psychology. The performances are good but Bel Geddes is better at playing naïve than in the more dramatic scenes towards the end. The camera moves are interesting; some of Ophül's stylistic choices make a lot of sense (the dance), others come off as unmotivated (conversation across a desk). A decent drama.