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Undercurrent

Released Nov 11, 1946 1h 56m Mystery & Thriller List
Reviews 52% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
After a rapid engagement, Ann Hamilton (Katharine Hepburn), the dowdy daughter of a chemist, weds handsome industrialist Alan Garroway (Robert Taylor), knowing little of his family or past. Alan transforms Ann into an elegant society wife, but becomes enraged whenever she asks about Michael (Robert Mitchum), his mysterious long-lost brother. Ann begins to suspect her new husband of the worst when she digs into the Garroway history and learns that Michael is believed to have been murdered. Read More Read Less
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Emanuel Levy EmanuelLevy.Com Minnelli's first foray into film noir is marred by the casting of Katharine Hepburn as a frail woman, married to a psychopath (Robert Taylor, also miscast) but attracted to his sensitive brother (Robert Mitchum!) Rated: C+ Mar 3, 2007 Full Review Michael E. Grost Classic Film and Television Crime thriller with many strange undercurrents itself. Aug 26, 2006 Full Review Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews It successfully takes on the theme from Gaslight. Rated: B May 12, 2006 Full Review Read all reviews

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Steve D Different for Hepburn and engaging. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/01/24 Full Review Gerard A An underrated film that I feel falls into the realm of noir. Although there is no femme fatale there is the pervading undercurrent of mystery and sinister intentions that slowly develops in the marriage between a chemists daughter and the owner of a defense contracting firm. It is a prescient movie for post-war 1946 in that it almost foreshadows Eisenhower's warning of a growing military-industrial complex that he thought could be equally sinister if not controlled. Although some feel Hepburn, Robert Taylor, and Robert Mitchum were mis-cast I feel this is the brilliance of the movie in that the characters are allowed to develop slowly; Hepburn from a naive newlywed into a determined investigator, Taylor from the affable character he was known for into the dark and sinister man with a past. Although the plot develops slowly, it seems deliberate in that it allows the suspense to build from a slow simmer while allowing Hepburn and Taylor to complete their character arc. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 08/13/23 Full Review Audience Member It is a absurd and weird story if not stupid, hardly making any real sense. If not for Mitchum's performance, it would deserve a 3-star. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/16/23 Full Review Audience Member Despite the pedigree (Hepburn, Taylor, Mitchum, Minnelli), not much of a film. And it's overlong, to boot. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member a very enjoyable drama noir movie from 1946 Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/20/23 Full Review Audience Member I was eagerly anticipating watching a noir starring Katharine Hepburn and I was not disappointed and it was great seeing Robert Taylor playing against his usual type in this. "Undercurrent" has been criticized as being an inferior copy of movies like "Rebecca" and "Suspicion". While this is understandable, I think it's also somewhat unfair as "Undercurrent" is a very good movie in its own right. And it more closely resembles Otto Preminger's "Laura" than the 2 Hitchcock movies. The editing could have been a little tighter just before the movie's climax but apart from that, this is a more than satisfactory film. I for one will be revisiting it soon. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis After a rapid engagement, Ann Hamilton (Katharine Hepburn), the dowdy daughter of a chemist, weds handsome industrialist Alan Garroway (Robert Taylor), knowing little of his family or past. Alan transforms Ann into an elegant society wife, but becomes enraged whenever she asks about Michael (Robert Mitchum), his mysterious long-lost brother. Ann begins to suspect her new husband of the worst when she digs into the Garroway history and learns that Michael is believed to have been murdered.
Director
Vincente Minnelli
Producer
Pandro S. Berman
Screenwriter
Thelma Strabel, Edward Chodorov
Production Co
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Genre
Mystery & Thriller
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Nov 11, 1946, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Apr 1, 2012
Runtime
1h 56m
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