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Release Date:
28 November 1946 (USA) See more »
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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. | 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?

MGM originally told actress Laraine Day that if she played the female lead in Keep Your Powder Dry (1945) that they would reward her with the female lead in Undercurrent (1946). Although she kept her part of the bargain and appeared in that production, MGM failed to fulfill their promise and gave the lead to Katharine Hepburn. Laraine Day responded to this by asking and receiving a release from her MGM contract in 1946.See more »
Lucy:Roses don't show respect. Roses show intentions.See more »
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32 out of 39 people found the following review useful.
gripping, 5 February 2001
Author: blanche-2 from United States

What a cast! Hepburn, Robert Taylor and Robert Mitchum! Hepburn here is paired with Robert Taylor, a scientist, who seems to have some very nervous employees and some sensitive areas, one concerning an absent brother, Michael. When Hepburn meets one of Taylor's old girlfriends, a very well cast Jayne Meadows, she becomes suspicious of Taylor's motives for marrying her - and suspicious about what happened to Taylor's brother.

Hepburn gives her usual intelligent performance, showing a vulnerable, feminine side that is very appealing. There is a scene in a fitting room where she is absolutely stunning. The scenes between her and her father, played by Edmund Gwenn, are delightful and realistic, as she complains that Taylor could not be attracted to her. "Look at me," she demands, "what do you see? " Her father smiles and says "Beautiful" and kisses her. It's this type of gentleness coupled with good acting, underlying suspense and excitement that makes Undercurrent a very good -- and very underrated -'40s film. Taylor is handsome and enigmatic in his role. Somewhere along the way, he stumbled into playing bad boys, as he does later on in "Conspirator" as well, and these roles suit him. Hepburn once said that Spencer Tracy made her seem very feminine; Taylor does too.

I have to add that I did find the casting quite odd but inspired, with Hepburn and Mitchum cast against type, and Hepburn paired with Taylor. I wish we had seen more of this in Hollywood.

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