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Undercurrent (1946)

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What bothers me about this film is Katharine Hepburn. I like Katharine Hepburn very much, actually in every film except this one. It's not her.. it's her character. Here her character is weak, confused, unsure, afraid, and lacking in any quality that I'm used to seeing in her characters.

 

There is some resemblance to other films such as Suspicion, Gaslight, and Rebecca. I don't feel Ms. Hepburn pulls this one off so well. It seems every time the camera focuses on her she withers a bit - as if on cue. The only character I feel comfortable with is Michael Garroway (Robert Mitchum).

 

The ending is nice, if a bit awkward.

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gree with you about Hepburn. But I'm not comfortable with Mitchum's or Taylor's characters either. They're both miscast....I've never been comfortable with Mitchum as a real good guy.

 

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Swithing the roles for Taylor and Mitchum and replacing Hepburn with a noir gal like Ida Lupino would of improved this film.

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>But I'm not comfortable with Mitchum's or Taylor's characters either. They're both miscast....I've never been comfortable with Mitchum as a real good guy.

 

I didn't care for Taylor much in this either - out of place. I do like Mitchum in these types of character roles. Not to disregard his great presence in noir's but.. I like his good guys equally well - Holiday Affair, for instance, though there aren't many of those examples to choose from.

 

We've all of us here our own unique perspectives on this one. This may also be the result of a poor story-line or casting. Or both. Confirming our views.

 

Many times I get put off in films from the 40s and 50s that pair 'old Hollywood' actors with the next generation, such as Hepburn and Mitchum.. moreso the combo of Taylor and Mitchum. These give me an uncomfortable feeling. Just me, I guess.

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I'll take Cape Fear, Thunder Road, The Night of the Hunter,

and some buttered popcorn please.

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I recently ordered this from NetF, I?m probably echoing some of the comments already made. I didn?t like the film much. There was something wrong with Kate, she either wasn?t comfortable or this role just wasn?t right for her, she didn?t come across well, even amateurish in some places. Sometimes the director can negatively influence an actor?s performance, I don?t know, but I don?t think this was good Kate. Robert Taylor was okay as the happy husband but the negativity about the brother resulted in the character to go bizarre, yes this was the thing with him, his brother, I understand, there was a complex there to say the least?but I don?t feel that Robert integrated this happier side to the unhappier side for good a character, the adverse reactions to everything having to do with the brother comes across as bizarrely incongruous and erratic (for me). A better performance would have fixed this. And then the brother, someone we don?t see until the end but who dominates the film in the background, turns out to be this bland guy played by Robert Mitchum, an actor who can do so much more than this character required. Not that that is necessarily bad, but I was hoping for something more, more interesting at least, from the brother.

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Completly agree. Over the years on the bds. I've mentioned how weak a film I've always thought *Undercurrent* was. I thought Kate and Mitchum had no chemistry at all. Taylor and Kate didn't do much for me either.I always got the feeling that they didn't really care much for their roles or the film (as if Kate was trying too hard with this one) Not sure if this one was miscast or the material just wasn't all that great so that no matter the cast it still wouldn't be a very good film.

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Agree with you on Undercurrent. It ranks very high on the 'looks good on paper but not on film' category. Hey, that might make an interesting thread.

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>It ranks very high on the 'looks good on paper but not on film' category. Hey, that might make an interesting thread.

 

Why don't you start it! Not a bad idea at all. I've just watched a movie that probably qualifies, but I'll demure for now. I'll wait for your thread :)

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I like this film. I felt that Katharine Hepburn didn't overact like she sometimes did in some other movies. Interesting storyline because it's from the point of view of a woman (not many other noirs like it).

 

The only thing: I felt that the character of Sylvia Burton (the one whom the psycho had wanted to marry initially) was unnecessary. For one thing, I didn't see much of a similarity (physical or otherwise) between her and the main character. Also, I found it hard to believe that this mean-spirited woman wouldn't have wanted the psycho, but would have chosen the psycho's brother instead. This minor character should have been left out completely.

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I like this film. I felt that Katharine Hepburn didn't overact like she sometimes did in some other movies. Interesting storyline because it's from the point of view of a woman (not many other noirs like it).

 

The only thing: I felt that the character of Sylvia Burton (the one whom the psycho had wanted to marry initially) was unnecessary. For one thing, I didn't see much of a similarity (physical or otherwise) between her and the main character. Also, I found it hard to believe that this mean-spirited woman wouldn't have wanted the psycho, but would have chosen the psycho's brother instead. This minor character should have been left out completely.

 

Can't say I'm a fan of this film,  mainly because the Mitchum persona isn't used to its noir potential.    Of course in 1946 the director didn't know that decades later Mitchum would become a noir icon.

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Can't say I'm a fan of this film,  mainly because the Mitchum persona isn't used to its noir potential.    Of course in 1946 the director didn't know that decades later Mitchum would become a noir icon.

 

True about Mitchum, but I'm not sure why it really matters in this story.

 

I think he did a good job in this movie, but I'm surprised that they didn't cast a lesser-known actor to play the part of Michael Garroway. This character was supposed to be mysterious, etc. and a lot of that mystery is taken away by casting an actor who was already quite famous by the time 1946 rolled around. Okay, I realize that Hepburn's character is the one who is curious about her husband's mysterious brother, but the mystery might have been more effective for the viewers if the part had gone to some new actor.

 

No complaints about Mitchum's work here, though.

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Can't say I'm a fan of this film,  mainly because the Mitchum persona isn't used to its noir potential.    Of course in 1946 the director didn't know that decades later Mitchum would become a noir icon.

Agree, not a fave of mine either.

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Agree, not a fave of mine either.

 

One of the things I really like about this movie is that it's told mostly from the point of view of the female lead.

 

I can't think of many noirs which are like that. Let's see...

 

Undercurrent: Katharine Hepburn

 

Lured: Lucille Ball

 

The House on Telegraph Hill: Valentina Cortesa

 

Sorry Wrong Number: Barbara Stanwyck

 

There are some which alternate the points of view, like The Strange Love of Martha Ivers and In a Lonely Place.

 

However, seems to me that most other noirs are from the male point of view. Nothing wrong with that, because in a lot of noir, it's the main character who meets the femme fatale, etc. Still, it's a nice change to see some noir which takes a different point of view.

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One of the things I really like about this movie is that it's told mostly from the point of view of the female lead.

 

I can't think of many noirs which are like that. Let's see...

 

Undercurrent: Katharine Hepburn

 

Lured: Lucille Ball

 

The House on Telegraph Hill: Valentina Cortesa

 

Sorry Wrong Number: Barbara Stanwyck

 

There are some which alternate the points of view, like The Strange Love of Martha Ivers and In a Lonely Place.

 

However, seems to me that most other noirs are from the male point of view. Nothing wrong with that, because in a lot of noir, it's the main character who meets the femme fatale, etc. Still, it's a nice change to see some noir which takes a different point of view.

Doesn't Raw Deal (1948) have the voice over narration from Claire Trevor?

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Doesn't Raw Deal (1948) have the voice over narration from Claire Trevor?

 

Yes it does.    The character Trevor played is the one that really got the raw deal.

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Yes it does.    The character Trevor played is the one that really got the raw deal.

 

Thanks. I saw that film once, probably about 11 or 12 years ago, and I barely remember it. I hope to find it somewhere so that I can watch it again. It's a fine film.

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Thanks. I saw that film once, probably about 11 or 12 years ago, and I barely remember it. I hope to find it somewhere so that I can watch it again. It's a fine film.

 

TCM airs RAW DEAL about once or twice a year, so keep an eye on the schedules.

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