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Impact (1949)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 1 April 1949 (USA)
A unfaithful wife plots with her lover to kill her husband, but the lover is accidentally killed instead. The husband stays in hiding, and lets his wife be charged with conspiracy.

Director:

Arthur Lubin

Writers:

Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (as Dorothy Reid), Jay Dratler (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Brian Donlevy ... Walter Williams
Ella Raines ... Marsha Peters
Charles Coburn ... Lt. Tom Quincy
Helen Walker ... Irene Williams
Anna May Wong ... Su Lin Chung
Robert Warwick ... Capt. Callahan
Clarence Kolb ... Darcy
Art Baker ... Eldredge - Defense Attorney
William Wright ... Prosecutor
Mae Marsh ... Mrs. King (as Mrs. Peters)
Sheilah Graham ... Sheila Graham
Tony Barrett ... Jim Torrence
Philip Ahn ... Ah Sing
Glen Vernon ... Ed (as Glenn Vernon)
Linda Leighton ... Miss Revere - Telephone Operator (as Linda Johnson)
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In San Francisco, the successful self-made businessman Walter Williams has just bought three factories in Denver with the approval of the board of directors. His beloved wife Irene tells him that she is not feeling well enough to travel with him, and asks Walter to give a lift to her cousin Jim Torrance. On the highway, Jim, who is actually Irene's lover, tries to kill Walter hitting his head and throwing him off a cliff, and has a fatal fiery accident while escaping driving Walter's car. Walter is believed to be the driver and later his wife is sent to jail accused of plotting his murder. Meanwhile, the wounded Walter falls asleep in a moving van and eventually winds up in Larkspur, a small town in Idaho. He is hired as a mechanic in a gas station by the owner, Marsha Peters. For three months, Walter reads the news, expecting revenge with Irene sentenced to death, and he and Marsha fall in love for each other. When Walter discloses the truth to Marsha, she convinces him to return to ... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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They're one kiss away from MURDER See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Impacto See more »

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Budget:

$900,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

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When Marsha tries to convince Walter/Bill that he has to return to San Francisco and tell his side of the story, the shadow of the boom is visible on the wall behind them. See more »

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Mrs. King: Don't forget, it's easier to be tolerant and understanding at fifty than it is to be at twenty-five.
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Good Movie. Gorgeous Car!
25 May 2006 | by HandlinghandelSee all my reviews

The silvery Packard convertible Brian Donlevy drives is one of the most beautiful cars I've ever seen. It's basically all I'd remembered from years ago when a local a cable channel that no longer shows old movies ran a bad print of this from time to time.

Donlevy is not an exciting actor but he is fine. He plays an industrialist madly in love with his wife, who is not worthy of his devotion (to say the least.) She is played by Helen Walker, a specialist at cold, intelligent, sleek women. (She's the best part of "Nightmare Alley.") We also have Charles Coburn as a detective and Ella Raines as a girl who wants to help cuckolded Donlevy out of a predicament I can't reveal. (But remember: This is a film noir.) In her early scenes, Raines smiles too much and looks like an ad for gum. (And speaking of ads, yikes! This has one of the earliest examples of product placement: Someone offers Donlevy a Coke and for quite a while, in the foreground, is a Coca-Cola machine!) Also on hand is Mae Marsh as Walker's mother. She looks great and is very good. And Anna May Wong, one of Hollywood's greatest, most poorly used stars, is fourth-billed as Donlevy and Walker's maid.

The movie is not exactly suspenseful but it's a solid piece of work. The acting ranges from good to excellent and the plot, though it wanders a bit from time to time, is intriguing. It's also unusually literate: The characters speak in impeccable (though never stilted) English.


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