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Strange Impersonation (1946)

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Cast overview:
Nora Goodrich
William Gargan ...
Dr. Stephen Lindstrom
Hillary Brooke ...
Arline Cole
George Chandler ...
J W Rinse, plaintiffs' atty.
Ruth Ford ...
Jane Karaski #1
Dr. Mansfield, plastic surgeon
Insp. Malloy, chief interrogator
Mary Treen ...
Talkative nurse
Cay Forester ...
Miss Roper, interrogation witness (as Cay Forrester)
Dick Scott ...


A research scientist conducting experiments on a new anaesthetic finds herself being blackmailed by a women she accidentally knocked down with her car; the woman wasn't hurt, but a scheming attorney has convinced her she can get a lot of money for the "accident." Meanwhile, the scientist's research assistant, who is in love with her boss' boyfriend, arranges for an explosion in the laboratory that disfigures the scientist's face, in order to take the boyfriend away from her. The scientist has plastic surgery to make her look like the woman who tried to blackmail her - who while struggling with the scientist fell out of a window and was killed - and determines to get back her boyfriend and punish her scheming assistant. Written by

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Hell hath no fury as a woman scalded by acid.


Drama | Film-Noir






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16 March 1946 (USA)  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Nora Goodrich: [after being groped passionately in her laboratory] Stephen, remember - science!
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Fascinating Anthony Mann Film from Republic
1 November 2007 | by (NY, NY) – See all my reviews

First off, I practically fainted at seeing a Republic Picture that didn't star John Wayne and wasn't one of their few big-budget movies. That studio turned out some excellent films and they are rarely seen. (This even though till about ten years ago our ABC affiliate showed one, sometimes two, every Saturday night.) The movie itself is not Mann at his best but it's very good. He's been given a fabulous cast. Brenda Marshall is a great favorite of mine. Ruth Ford did more on stage, maybe, than on screen. William Gargan was handsome before he moved into character roles. And Hillary Brooke! Wow, what a performance she turns in here! Lyle Talbot is also on board. He's somewhere between his days as a leading man and his time with Ed Wood. He looks a bit pudgy here.

When we first meet the three principals, they're all wearing glasses. You see, they are scientists.

In a parking garage on her way home from work, Marshall accidentally backs her car into the inebriated Ford. And that's all the plot I'm giving.

Brooke is given a very meaty role. It seems like the typical best-friend part. She seems like a low-budget Eve Arden at first. But oh no! That changes. And she is up to every twist and turn of the plot.

The movie is a little bit soap opera, a little bit noir. But it's both highly entertaining on its on and a must-see for fans of the great Anthony Mann.

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