The Capture (April 8, 1950)
Released on April 8, 1950: An oil man working in Mexico kills a suspected payroll robber and when he discovers who the real payroll bandit is accidentally kills him and is hunted by the Mexican police and may be shot because he is unable to raise both hands in surrender.
Produced by Niven Busch
Directed by John Sturges
Written by Niven Busch
The Actors: Lew Ayres (Lin Vanner and Lindley Brown), Teresa Wright (Ellen Tevlin Vanner), Victor Jory (Father Gomez), Jacqueline White (Luana Ware), Jimmy Hunt (Mike Tevlin, Ellen's son), Barry Kelley (Earl C. Mahoney, finance company V.P.), Duncan Renaldo (Carlos), William Bakewell (Herb Tolin, Bolsa Grande Oil ), Milton Parsons (thin man visiting Mahoney), Frank Matts (Juan, Telvin's hired man), Felipe Turich (Corporal Juan Valdez, payroll guard), Edwin Rand (Sam Tevlin), Rico Alaniz (policeman), George Brand (Clark), Bob Burrows (Mexican Police Sergeant), Bob Castro (sentry), Rico De Montez (Captain), Paul Fierro (Captain), Alex Gerry (Doc Fellows), Gil Herman (policeman), Pepe Hern (policeman), Rudolfo Hoyos Jr. (baggage agent), Eddie Le Baron (Mexican Police Lieutenant), Kay Lee (Marie), Tommy Lee (Butler), Manuel Lopez (Lieutenant), Paul Marion (station agent), Tina Menard (peon's wife), Albeto Morin (clerk), Charles Morton (Mexican cab driver), Peter Ortiz (employee), Paul Regas (conductor), Charles Roberson (employee), Vitto Scotti (truck driver), Walter 'Lucky' Stevens (peon who won't speak), Rosa Turich (woman), Juan Varro (Corporal), Harry J. Vejar (announcer), Francisco Villalobos (Priest)
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Both Hands in the Air . . . Or DIE!
Lew Ayres is Lin Vanner an American foreman for an oil company in Mexico, and as the movie opens he is on the run with every Mexican policeman in the country after him. He is holed-up at the small house of a priest who tends to his wounds, and slowly he tells the Father and us the story of why every policeman in Mexico is after him. It seems that the payroll was stolen and the men at the oil company will not get their money, and while a posse heads for the ocean on the trail of the robbers, Vanner figures that the robber has headed instead for the hills and a pass that would lead to a railroad line, so he heads out in search of the robber. He does indeed find a fellow in the hills, and when he orders the man to put his hands in the air and surrender, the man raises only one hand, with the other down near his gun, so our hero fires and shoots the man. When he goes over to investigate he discovers that the man had a wound in his other arm and could not raise it, and our hero shot him thinking that he was trying to trick him . . . and it turns out that he has murdered a man who proclaimed his innocence to his last breath. Grief-stricken, our hero quits his job and gets a train ride away from the oil camp . . . as far away as he can get. As the fates would have it, he winds up working as a ranch foreman for the widow of the man he killed. Well . . . this leads to that and they get married, and one day he decides to go back to the oil camp town and see if he can find out if the man he killed was really the payroll bandit or not. You'll need to experience the rest for yourself, but know that our hero will wind up in a shootout with the Mexican police and with a wounded arm, will not be able to raise both hands in surrender . . . eerily like the fellow that he shot and killed . . . sometimes karma can be a bitch . . . Pop a big bowl of white kernel popcorn with plenty of warm melted butter on it and enjoy the show.
Lew Ayres with hands in the air
Barry Kelley and Lew Ayres
Jacqueline White and Lew Ayres
Lew Ayres and Jacqueline Wihte
Lew Ayres and Teresa Wright
Lew Ayres and William Bakewell
Lew Ayres in The Capture, 1951
Lew Ayres over the dead body of Earl Mahoney
Lew Ayres and Jacqueline White
Teresa Wright and Lew Ayres
Teresa Wright and Jimmy Hunt
Victor Jory and Teresa Wright