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The Capture (1950)

aka The Capture

"Killing a Man is One Thing...Loving His Wife is Another...both are DYNAMITE!"

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Details: 91 mins · English


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Small Lin Vanner / Lindley Brown
Small Ellen Tevlin Vanner
Small Father Gomez
Small Luana Ware
Small Mike Tevlin, Ellen's Son
Small Earl C. Mahoney, Finance Co. V.P.
No_movie_poster Carlos
No_movie_poster Herb Tolin, Bolsa Grande Oil
No_movie_poster Thin Man Visiting Mahoney
No_movie_poster Juan, Telvin's Hired Man
No_movie_poster Cpl. Juan Valdez, Payroll Guard
No_movie_poster Sam Tevlin


No_movie_poster Daniele Amfitheatrof Original Music Composer
Small John Sturges Director
No_movie_poster Edward Cronjager Director of Photography
No_movie_poster Niven Busch Writer


"Killing a Man is One Thing...Loving His Wife is Another...both are DYNAMITE!"


Lin Vanner (Lew Ayres), is manager of an oil company. The payroll has been stolen in a hold-up. His fiancée urges him to pursue the suspect in hope that he will gain recognition. Deducing the road the robber may have taken over the border with Mexico, he goes along to intercept him. He shoots a man who shouts back at him and does not raise his hands when challenged by Lin.

Too late Lin learns that the man could not raise one arm because it was injured and this was the reason for his shouting rather than complying with the demand he raise his hands; he was not guilty of the robbery. Troubled at his action and abandoned by his fiancée, Lin takes it on himself to tell the dead man's wife, Ellen (Teresa Wright) - but on arrival he is mistaken for an applicant for a helper to keep the dead man's farm going until his widow's son is old enough to take over.

Lin believes that this opportunity has been given to him to make amends for his mistake and he gives up his position to labour as a man-of-all-work on the farm.

The story is told in a flash-back when, with Father Gomez (Victor Jory) by his side he tells the whole story, as he is being pursued by the police for another killing.