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Undercurrent (1946)

Approved  |   |  Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller  |  28 November 1946 (USA)
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Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.

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Ann Hamilton
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Alan Garroway
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Michael Garroway
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Prof. 'Dink' Hamilton
Marjorie Main ...
Lucy
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Sylvia Lea Burton
Clinton Sundberg ...
Mr. Warmsley
Dan Tobin ...
Prof. Joseph Bangs
Kathryn Card ...
Mrs. Foster
Leigh Whipper ...
George
Charles Trowbridge ...
Justice Putnam
James Westerfield ...
Henry Gilson
Billy McClain ...
Uncle Ben (as Billy McLain)
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Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her.

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Ann Hamilton: [on seeing Washington, D.C] The closest I've ever come is a letter to my Congressman.
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Routinely very very good...an odd mix of characters, but it gets better and better
12 September 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Undercurrent (1946)

Melodrama with Katherine Hepburn instead of Bette Davis or Joan Crawford?

Yes. And it works, though differently. Hepburn rules the movie, for sure, and she covers some range from sweet daughter of a scientist to a rich man's wife losing her innocence to someone who rises up on her own two feet. She's still the classy (or stiff) Hepburn (depending who you ask). I like her, and I liked her in this film a lot.

The plot uses a whole range of clichés but uses them well. The slight twists to what you expect are never shocking, but they keep you guessing. The second big star, seemingly, is Robert Mitchum, but if you are a fan of his, don't see the movie for his role. It's exceedingly minor. A very strange contract arrangement on that one. When he is there, it's undramatic, though he's in command, of course. The other male lead, Robert Taylor, is his usual reasonable, appropriate self--carefully chosen words to avoid saying a little starchy and ordinaire. One bit part is predictably colorful, Marjorie Main with her earthy comebacks.

Director Vincente Minnelli is in good form here, actually, and if the movie seems routine, it's the story that holds it back. He has some great photography behind it all (Karl Freund), and the score is unusually effective and beautiful (Herbert Stothart). I wouldn't call it a film noir, though it has shadings of the style and it's from that post war dark period. Instead, it's a noir melodrama. Worth seeing, absolutely, if you like those kinds of films.


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