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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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a fun B
29 May 2011 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer. What if they are one and the same? Just ask scientist Nora Goodrich (Brenda Marshall, in real life Mrs. William Holden). She is conducting an experiment with her assistant/friend Arline (Hillary Brooke), but Arline is after Nora's fiancé (William Gargan), a successful doctor. While Nora is out from anesthetic, which is part of a grand experiment -oops, a fire starts in a beaker, thanks to Arline loading it up, and Nora's face is burned and scarred. While she's recovering in the hospital, Arline fixes it so that the fiancé thinks that Nora doesn't want to see him; meanwhile, Nora is wondering why he isn't coming by. Then an unfortunate accident in her apartment causes Nora to get plastic surgery - but with a brand-new face and a name to go with it.

This is kind of a fun B movie with an interesting cast that includes William Gargan as the object of Nora's and Arline's affections -- bad casting -- the role needed a good-looking B film lead like Jeffrey Lynn or Richard Carlson. H.B. Warner, Jesus in the original King of Kings, plays a plastic surgeon, and Ruth Ford, Mrs. Zachary Scott, plays one Jane Karaski, who is important to the plot.

Economically directed by Anthony Mann, this is a pretty good film with a gigantic twist at the end, one that was actually used in a couple of other films. Not the best but satisfying nonetheless.

Don't look for lovely cinematography, camera angles, unusual sets, great clothes, or anything like that - this movie comes to you from Republic Studios.

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