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Undertow (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 December 1949 (USA)
After being released from prison, an ex-convict is framed for a murder. The man sets out to find the real killers before the police blame the crime on him.

Director:

William Castle

Writers:

Arthur T. Horman (screenplay), Lee Loeb (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Scott Brady ... Tony Reagan
John Russell ... Danny Morgan
Dorothy Hart ... Sally Lee
Peggy Dow ... Ann McKnight
Bruce Bennett ... Det. Charles Reckling
Gregg Martell Gregg Martell ... Frost
Robert Anderson ... Stoner
Dan Ferniel Dan Ferniel ... Gene (as Daniel Ferniel)
Rock Hudson ... Detective (as Roc Hudson)
Charles Sherlock ... Cooper
Anne P. Kramer Anne P. Kramer ... Telegraph Clerk (as Ann Pearce)
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After being released from prison, an ex-convict is framed for a murder. The man sets out to find the real killers before the police blame the crime on him. Written by Keith Stacey <staceyk@rpi.net.au>

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Every bullet in Chicago had his name on it!


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 December 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Frame-Up See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Rock Hudson has a small role as a detective. At that time he was billed as Roc Hudson, minus the "K" . See more »

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William Castle directs this dandy little noir thriller.
27 December 2018 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Tony (Scott Brady) is the perfect patsy. He's an ex-con and the Chicago police are more than willing to believe the worst of him. So, when some unknown people kidnap him, shoot him and set him up for his future father-in-law's murder, the case seems pretty air-tight. However, like so many noir films, he investigates the case himself and aims to prove his innocence. Along the way, he gets the help from a nice lady and even from a cop.

"Undertow" is an excellent and enjoyable film. While Peggy Dow's character makes no sense (why would anyone help a wanted man when they barely know them?!), the overall story is quite well made and keeps your attention. It has some excellent twists and the acting is quite good despite the actors mostly being second-tier. It sure helped having the excellent director William Castle in charge, as he had a habit of making the most of lower budgets.


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