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Impact (1949)

Unrated | | 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.

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Eldredge - Defense Attorney
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Mrs. King (as Mrs. Peters)
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Sheila Graham
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Philip Ahn ...
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Ed (as Glenn Vernon)
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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 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 in a cliff, and has a fatal accident while escaping driving Walters's car. Walter is considered dead and later his wife is sent to jail accused of plotting his murder. Meanwhile, the wounded Walter sleeps in a moving van and awakes 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 San Francisco and save his unfaithful wife... Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Wanted By Two Women! One For Love! One For Murder! See more »


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1 April 1949 (USA)  »

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Mysteriet Williams  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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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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The position of Mrs King's hands change between shots when she is talking to 'Bill' about what she found in his dresser drawers. She also puts the same tool onto the table twice. See more »

Quotes

Marsha Peters: It's wonderful the way tools seem to come alive in your hands.
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It Can't Be
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Great unknown classic
15 October 2002 | by (Oakland CA) – See all my reviews

Donlevy is a cuckolded husband whose wife and lover plan to kill him. Things go wrong and it is the wife's lover who dies in a fiery wreck, allowing Donlevy to assume a new identity as the mechanic for a garage owner who looks like a supermodel. After recovering from his temporary amnesia, he plans to watch his wife "get what she deserves" by waiting to come out until after she's in jail for murder (whose? I can't remember! But it all makes sense in the movie, believe me, it's just very twisted!). When he finally does come out, all big heart, she accuses HIM of her lover's murder! Good suspense, character acting, photography, with a lively pace. It's hard to figure out how talking animal movie specialist Lubin managed to pull this one off so well, but it will send me looking for other movies along this same vein by the director.


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