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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 flawed noir film
22 October 2007 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This film's chief recommendation is a superb performance by Hilary Brooke, who plays a mini-Iago, a woman so unremittingly wicked, scheming and grasping that Brooke's intense portrayal of her should really have been lifted from this B picture and inserted into an A picture. The film's main weakness is this: primarily, the entire plot depends on two women (Brenda Marshall and Hilary Brooke) being so infatuated with the leading man that they will stop at nothing to 'have him', but the casting for that part is William Gargan, who is wholly ludicrous. No one would 'have to have' Gargan, who is goofy-looking, weak, altogether lacking in any semblance of romantic charm, and frankly just a joke in the part. Two women fighting to the death over that blob of vaseline is ridiculous. The other fatal weakness to this film is an appalling plot development towards the end, which I shall refrain from revealing, but it is terminal to taking this film seriously. How could Anthony Mann have directed such an inferior work when only two years later he would produce the masterpiece 'Raw Deal' (1948)? It all goes to show that with a weak script and a hopeless leading man, everything can readily collapse into a heap of rubble. This film could have been something, but for reasons which we will never know, it was gutted from within. After all, the basic plot is strong and powerful if it had been allowed to happen without interference, and with the right leading man to make it believable. What a missed opportunity this was!

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