Caught in the Net

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Caught in the Net
Directed by Vaughan C. Marshall
Written by Sheila Preston
Starring Zillah Bateman
John Mayer
Cinematography Tasman Higgins
Advance Films
Release date
14 July 1928[1]
Country Australia
Language Silent film
English intertitles
Budget ₤2,000[2]

Caught in the Net is a 1928 Australian silent film about a woman in high society starring Zillah Bateman, a British theatre star who was touring Australia at the time.[3] Only part of the film survives.[2]


Society girl Phyllis Weston is loved y two men, handsome Jack Stacey and villainous Robson. In a yacht race, Robson tries to sabotage Jack's boat but fails. Robson then tries to get his sister to trap Jack in a comprising situation, but is unsuccessful.

The story includes a yacht race at St Kilda and a rescue from drowning at Portsea.[4]


  • Zillah Bateman as Phyllis Weston
  • John Mayer as Jack Stacey
  • Charles Brown as Robson
  • Peggy Farr
  • Viva Vawden
  • Felix St H Jellicoe
  • Beverley Usher


Advance Films had held a competition to find best new Australian story.[5]

The film was shot in early 1928 with exteriors filmed at Portsea.


The film was released as a supporting feature and also was screened in the UK as a quota film.[2]


  1. ^ "THE HAYMARKET". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 14 July 1928. p. 12. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c Andrew Pike and Ross Cooper, Australian Film 1900–1977: A Guide to Feature Film Production, Melbourne: Oxford University Press, 1998, 145.
  3. ^ "THE GRAND THEATRE". The Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 30 October 1928. p. 21. Retrieved 6 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "THE PICTURES". The Argus. Melbourne: National Library of Australia. 8 May 1928. p. 7. Retrieved 6 February 2012. 
  5. ^ "MOVIES AND MUMMERS". The Sunday Times. Perth: National Library of Australia. 10 July 1927. p. 15. Retrieved 5 August 2012. 

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