The Capture (1950)

Genres - Drama, Western  |   Sub-Genres - Crime Drama, Hybrid Western  |   Release Date - Apr 8, 1950 (USA - Unknown)  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The Capture is a treat for viewers looking for an intriguing drama that they haven't seen time and time again. Relatively obscure, thanks to its financial failure when first released, Capture is a lean, crisply directed thriller that plays with interesting questions or morality, innocence and guilt. Playing at times like a Western, at other times like a mystery, and at others like a romance, Capture perhaps tries a little too hard to be all three types and thus becomes slightly unfocused; but most viewers will be adequately rewarded by its assets and forgive it for being perhaps a little overly ambitious in trying to bridge these genres. Certainly there will be no complaints about its cast, with an appropriately guilty Lew Ayres and a typically luminous Teresa Wright leading the way and the always dependable Victor Jory and a solid Jacqueline White and Jimmy Hunt providing support. Niven Busch's screenplay is well constructed, setting up its situations with a sure hand, utilizing the flashback structure most effectively, and raising moral issues in a manner than both supports the story and adds depth to the characters. John Sturges' direction is spot-on, and there's fine cinematography from Edward J. Conjager that adds to the atmosphere and tension. Thos seeking something a little off the beaten path should keep an eye out for Capture.