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Undercurrent
     

Undercurrent

Director: Vincente Minnelli

Cast: Katharine Hepburn, Robert Taylor, Robert Mitchum

 
A change of pace for both director Vincente Minnelli and star Katharine Hepburn, this taut drama features the latter as Ann Hamilton, the daughter of a scientist (Edmund Gwenn), who after a whirlwind romance marries handsome but slightly mysterious inventor turned businessman Alan Garroway (Robert Taylor). But wedded bliss proves short-lived when Garroway refuses to

Overview

A change of pace for both director Vincente Minnelli and star Katharine Hepburn, this taut drama features the latter as Ann Hamilton, the daughter of a scientist (Edmund Gwenn), who after a whirlwind romance marries handsome but slightly mysterious inventor turned businessman Alan Garroway (Robert Taylor). But wedded bliss proves short-lived when Garroway refuses to discuss his brother Michael, whose presence is felt constantly despite the mystery surrounding his whereabouts. The missing Michael becomes an obsession for Ann, whose curiosity is piqued even more after a chance encounter with Sylvia Burton (Jayne Meadows), a young woman who figures in the lives of both brothers and who displays a strange resemblance to Ann herself. Despite Alan's dire misgivings, Ann feels compelled to solve the mystery of Michael, until, that is, she discovers that Alan may very well have murdered his own brother. Undercurrent marked the screen debut of Jayne Meadows and a breakthrough of sorts for Robert Mitchum, whom M-G-M borrowed from David O. Selznick for a reputed $25,000.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Hans J. Wollstein
Katharine Hepburn as a helpless Gothic heroine a la Jane Eyre or Rebecca's second Mrs. De Winter? Well, that is exactly what Undercurrent asks you to believe. Yet despite her much vaunted charisma and acting prowess Hepburn fails to make much sense of Ann Hamilton, whose constant stream-of-consciousness may be typical of the actress but whose wide-eyed trust in men is definitely not. Our Kate would hardly have let herself be manipulated by someone as transparent as Robert Taylor's Alan Garroway. Certainly not! Yet here she is, being dressed by him like some store window mannequin just so he can take credit for her transformation. Almost any other actress of her generation could have made that believable but not Ms. Hepburn, who doesn't strike a viewer as the Trilby type at all. That Undercurrent remains a gripping thriller despite this bit of miscasting is solely to the credit of director Vincente Minnelli, screenwriter Edward Chodorov and good work by newcomers Jayne Meadows and Robert Mitchum, whose matter-of-fact acting style is downright refreshing in as manipulating a melodrama as Undercurrent.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/01/1998
UPC:
0027616234933
Original Release:
1946
Rating:
NR
Source:
Mgm (Warner)

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
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
Monya Andre Saleswoman
Jean Andren Mrs. Davenport
Sylvia Andrew Nora
Barbara Billingsley Guest
Betty Blythe Actor
James Carlisle Actor
Bill Cartledge Messenger
David Cavendish Actor
Wheaton Chambers Proprietor
Dorothy Christy Actor
Oliver Cross Actor
Frank Dae 2nd Man
Phil Dunham Elevator Man
Helen Eby-Rock Fitter
Sarah Edwards Manager
Ella Ethridge Actor
Florence Fair Actor
Bess Flowers Actor
Jane Green Woman
Eula Guy Housekeeper
Ernest Hilliard Actor
Hazel Keener Actor
Milt Kibbee Minister
Ann Lawrence Actor
Frank Leigh Actor
Victor McLaglen Uncle Ben
Harold Miller Actor
Bert Moorhouse lst Man
Clive Morgan Actor
Jack Murphy Actor
Forbes Murray Sen. Edwards
Robert E. O'Connor Stationmaster
Rudy Rama Headwaiter
Gordon Richards Headwaiter
Ellen Ross Gwen
Reginald Simpson Actor
Joan Thorsen Actor
Laura Treadwell Actor
Hank Worden Attendant
Dick Earle Actor
Nina Ross Actor
William Eddritt Butler

Technical Credits
Vincente Minnelli Director
Pandro S. Berman Producer
Edward Chodorov Screenwriter
Jack Dawn Makeup
Randall Duell Art Director
Karl W. Freund Cinematographer
Cedric Gibbons Art Director
Irene Costumes/Costume Designer
Jack D. Moore Set Decoration/Design
George Oppenheimer Screenwriter
Marguerite Roberts Screenwriter
Douglas Shearer Sound/Sound Designer
Herbert Stothart Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
Ferris Webster Editor
Edwin B. Willis Set Decoration/Design

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