Undertow (1949 film)

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Theatrical release poster
Directed by William Castle
Produced by Ralph Dietrich
Screenplay by Arthur T. Horman
Lee Loeb
Story by Arthur T. Horman
Starring Scott Brady
John Russell
Dorothy Hart
Peggy Dow
Cinematography Irving Glassberg
Edited by Ralph Dawson
Universal Pictures
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date
  • December 1, 1949 (1949-12-01) (United States)
Running time
71 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Undertow is a 1949 American film noir crime film directed by William Castle starring Scott Brady, John Russell, Dorothy Hart and Peggy Dow. It is the story of an ex-con, a former Chicago mobster, who is accused of the murder of a high-ranking Chicago boss. The movie marks the second film to feature a young actor named Rock Hudson and the first in which he received a film credit for his work.[1]


Tony Reagan (Scott Brady), a former Chicago mobster and ex-con, is vacationing in Reno at a lodge. He bumps into an old friend/former colleague from Chicago named Danny Morgan (John Russell). It turns out they are both engaged to be married.

On his way home to Chicago, Reagan shares the flight with a schoolteacher, Ann McKnight (Peggy Dow), someone he met at a Reno casino and helped win at the gambling table. Reagan arrives home and is met by the police. It seems that Reagan is a suspect as a potential trouble maker due to his past dispute with a Chicago mob kingpin, Big Jim, his fiancee's uncle. The police put a tail on him, which he shakes on a Chicago elevated train. Reagan meets up with his bride-to-be, Sally Lee (Dorothy Hart). He tells her he will go to Big Jim to make peace. But when the uncle is murdered, Reagan is framed for the murder.

On the run from both the police and from the unknown murderers, Reagan enlists the help of McKnight and an old buddy, Charles Recklilng (Bruce Bennett), a detective. They discover the truth: Morgan is also engaged to Sally Lee, and together they are responsible for murdering her uncle and framing Reagan.

Reagan manages to clear himself, however, after which he and McKnight end up in each other's arms, bound to that lodge in Reno.



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