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Undercurrent -- A professor's daughter marries an industrialist and is frightened by the mystery surrounding his brother. Based on the novel "You Were There" by Thelma Strabel.
Undercurrent -- Trailer for this noir thriller


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Thelma Strabel (story)
Edward Chodorov (screenplay)
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Release Date:
28 November 1946 (USA) See more »
An Irresistible Force That Draws a Man and Woman Together! See more »
Middle-aged bride Ann Hamilton soon begins to suspect that her charming husband is really a psychotic who plans to murder her. | Full synopsis »
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  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

Katharine Hepburn ... Ann Hamilton

Robert Taylor ... Alan Garroway

Robert Mitchum ... Michael Garroway

Edmund Gwenn ... Prof. 'Dink' Hamilton

Marjorie Main ... Lucy

Jayne Meadows ... 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)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jean Adren ... Mrs. Davenport (uncredited)
Monya Andre ... Saleswoman (uncredited)
Sylvia Andrew ... Nora, the Maid (uncredited)

Morris Ankrum ... (uncredited)

Barbara Billingsley ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Betty Blythe ... Saleslady (uncredited)
James Carlisle ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bill Cartledge ... Flower Delivery Man (uncredited)
David Cavendish ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Wheaton Chambers ... Bookstore Proprietor (uncredited)
Dorothy Christy ... Woman (uncredited)
Oliver Cross ... Party Guest (uncredited)
John Daheim ... 2nd Man (uncredited)
Phil Dunham ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Dick Earle ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Helen Eby-Rock ... Fitter (uncredited)
William Eddritt ... Butler (uncredited)
Sarah Edwards ... Cora (uncredited)
Ella Ethridge ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Florence Fair ... Guest (uncredited)

Bess Flowers ... Julia Donnegan (uncredited)
Jane Green ... Woman (uncredited)
Eula Guy ... Housekeeper (uncredited)
Dell Henderson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Ernest Hilliard ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Maxine Hudson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Hazel Keener ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Daniel Kerry ... Elevator Operator (uncredited)
Milton Kibbee ... Minister (uncredited)
Ann Lawrence ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Frank Leigh ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Sydney Logan ... Model (uncredited)

Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Bert Moorhouse ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Clive Morgan ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Jack Murphy ... Luke, Telegram Messenger (uncredited)

Forbes Murray ... Senator Pelli (uncredited)
Robert Emmett O'Connor ... Stationmaster (uncredited)
Rudy Rama ... Headwaiter (uncredited)
Hilda Rhodes ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Gordon Richards ... Headwaiter (uncredited)

Ellen Ross ... Gwen - Model (uncredited)
Nina Ross ... Woman (uncredited)
Reginald Simpson ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Joan Thorsen ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Laura Treadwell ... Party Guest (uncredited)

Hank Worden ... Telegram Delivery Man (uncredited)

Directed by
Vincente Minnelli 
Writing credits
Thelma Strabel (story)

Edward Chodorov (screenplay)

George Oppenheimer  uncredited
Marguerite Roberts  contributor to treatment (uncredited)

Produced by
Pandro S. Berman .... producer
Original Music by
Herbert Stothart 
Cinematography by
Karl Freund 
Film Editing by
Ferris Webster 
Art Direction by
Randall Duell 
Cedric Gibbons 
Set Decoration by
Edwin B. Willis 
Makeup Department
Jack Dawn .... makeup designer
Sydney Guilaroff .... hair designer
Mel Berns .... makeup department head (uncredited)
Production Management
Jack Gertsman .... unit manager (uncredited)
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Norman Elzer .... assistant director (uncredited)
Art Department
Jack D. Moore .... associate set decorator
Solly Martino .... props (uncredited)
Sound Department
Douglas Shearer .... recording director
John Daheim .... stunt double: Robert Taylor (uncredited)
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Irene .... costume supervisor
Eugene Joseff .... costume jeweller (uncredited)
Music Department
Mario Castelnuovo-Tedesco .... composer: additional music (uncredited)
André Previn .... music supervisor (uncredited)
Albert Sendrey .... orchestrator (uncredited)
Other crew
Boyd Cabeen .... stand-in (uncredited)
Katherine Doyle .... stand-in: Katherine Hepburn (uncredited)
Crew believed to be complete

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Additional Details

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116 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Sound System)
Finland:K-16 | USA:Approved (PCA #11781, Adult Audience)

Did You Know?

This film was first telecast in Los Angeles 8 February 1957 on KTTV, but not in New York City until 3 June 1957 on WCBS and in San Francisco 7 August 1959 on KGO-TV.See more »
Factual errors: Jayne Meadows tells Katherine Hepburn that Michael (Robert Mitchum) is not handsome. How can she say such a thing about one of the sexiest and handsomest leading men Hollywood has ever produced? Ridiculous! What were the editors thinking?See more »
Ann Hamilton:[on seeing Washington, D.C] The closest I've ever come is a letter to my Congressman.See more »
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Is it true that Katharine Hepburn and Robert Mitchum didn't get along?
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72 out of 85 people found the following review useful.
Deftly, Deliberately Creeps Up on You..., 8 August 2004
Author: Enrique Sanchez from Miami, FL

All of the criticisms of this movie might well be flushed down the loo. This is one powerhouse of an interesting movie.

Call it Film-Noir. Call it Mystery/Suspense. Call it Psychological Thriller. Call it what you may...I call it: absorbing drama.

It moves very deliberately...and the facts are revealed one by one, in true mystery fashion, until the fantastic, thrilling ending.

Those who say that Hepburn and Mitchum were miscast are just so wrong. Hepburn wasn't playing Hepburn here...she wasn't Tracy Lord here. She wasn't a know-it-all New England uppity snob here. Not a worldly character at all. She played a different character than I've ever seen her do. Hepburn doesn't rely on her stable of clichés to capture our imagination here. She does it with imagination and as few of the Hepburn cornerstone mannerisms as possible. Good result!

Robert Taylor is fascinating to watch. He has so many secrets in this role. And they reside behind his facade for us to watch and enjoy. He slowly swirls into controlled mania and desperate determination. Very fine, indeed. He should have been nominated for this one.

And then there's Mitchum! What can one say about Mitchum without gushing foolishly. Gee whiz...the first time you see him...he shows us a side of him we have hardly ever seen! He seems at peace, mild in character, mellow in mood...pensive...other worldly. Likable even! Never gruff or abrasive like we've seen him so many times before.

What is unique about this story is that we really do not know what is going to happen next. We spend most of the movie residing in Hepburn's character's mind. Her wondering, her confusion, her search for the truth -- at all costs.

I was expecting not to like this movie. I was expecting it to be another formulaic Hepburn vehicle about high society. But this is where this movie takes a left turn into an underrated mystery.

I enjoyed the use of the theme to the Third Movement of Johannes Brahms' Third Symphony throughout the movie. It lent a delicious air of mystery, love and luscious pastoral passion to the whole affair.

And to say that Vincente Minnelli was WRONG for this movie? Gee whiz! He was perfect! Why compare him to Hitchcock? Minnelli has manufactured a mystery world all his own. Sure there are devices. All movies have devices. But they are handled so deftly...we don't rely on them to make us aware of the story -- they don't get in our way. They heighten our interest and this very absorbing plot.

Well done. I wish it had been a longer was THAT kind of movie.

I recommend this one...

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