Caught (1931)

Genres - Action, Western  |   Run Time - 62 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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In the wake of such cinematic Calamity Janes as Jean Arthur and Doris Day, it comes as a shock to find a film in which the famed frontierswoman is played by someone who actually looks the part. Matronly, granite-visaged Louise Dresser stars as Calamity in Caught, an early-talkie psychological western. According to this film, Calamity is a cattle rustler, wanted by the US cavalry. Halfway through this movie the plotline turns into a sagebrush Madame X The young trooper (Richard Arlen) sent to track down Calamity is the woman's long-lost son! It took four writers to cook up this heady brew of motherly love and blazing six-shooters.

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parent, army, bar [pub], cattle, cavalry, child, family, family-separation, gambling, infantry, kidnapping, mother, officer, rustler, weapons