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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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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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Not Clever But Passable
19 October 2011 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

"Undertow" is a simplistic example of a good 'B' picture, your basic Film Noir 101 movie. There are no surprises, lots of coincidences and plot contrivances, and the endgame is telegraphed about midway through. Screenwriters could have written this one in their sleep, which may account for the flawed, unsatisfying nature of Undertow.

The cast is attractive; several familiar 'B' actors put this picture over with performances that infuse it with much-needed energy. I thought Scott Brady, John Russell, Bruce Bennett and Peggy Dow were just fine, production values were good, but the movie lacks suspense and tension. Every time a crucial scene would come up you just knew the outcome.

Nevertheless, 'Undertow" succeeds in its own unsophisticated way, and for 40's theater audiences it would have been a good time killer while waiting for the main feature to come on.


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