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Undertow (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 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:

3 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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William Castle Directs a Good Murder Mystery
14 December 2018 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Scott Brady meets Peggy Dow at the Reno gambling spot run by John Russell. He helps her win $120 at the craps table. They are seated next to each other on the flight to Chicago. He tells her he's going to propose to Dorothy Hart. He doesn't notice, but she looks disappointed.

In Chicago, Miss Hart is enthusiastic, but she warns him her uncle will object. He's the head of the Syndicate and he doesn't want her wedding anyone from the criminal world. Brady says he'll talk to him, but on the way he is grabbed, shot and moved. When he wakes, he discovers her uncle has been killed and he's been identified as the killer. The cops are on to his old friends. His only possible help is Miss Dow and his old friend Bruce Bennett, now a Chicago detective.

William Castle directed this with a lot of Chicago location shooting. It's more a Black Mask sort of story than a straight noir, with the lighting touches limited to the El system and the final couple of minutes. The movie is directed for speed and efficiency -- a Universal programmer, but with a decent number of red herrings and good performances (particularly by Bennett) until the murk begins to clear for the viewer about two-thirds of the way through.

Observant fans will want to keep an eye out for Rock Hudson in his first credited role.


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