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Impact -- 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...

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Director:
Writers:
Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) and
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Release Date:
26 September 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Wanted By Two Women! One For Love! One For Murder!
Plot:
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. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
User Reviews:
My Personal Choice as Best Film Noir Ever. See more (49 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

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
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)
Jason Robards Sr. ... Judge (as Jason Robards)
Erskine Sanford ... Dr. Henry Bender
Ruth Robinson ... Apt. Manager
Lucius Cooke ... Burke
Tom Greenway ... Moving Van Driver
Ben Welden ... Moving Van Helper
Hans Herbert ... Station Master
Joel Friedkin ... Uncle Ben
Joe Kirk ... Hotel Clerk
William Ruhl ... Fingerprint Expert (as Bill Ruhl)
Mary Landa ... Della - Walker's Secrfetary
Harry Cheshire ... Irene's Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Phil Arnold ... Diner Cook (uncredited)
Gertrude Astor ... Note-Taking Reporter in Courtroom (uncredited)
Martin Cichy ... Passport Clerk (uncredited)
Mike Donovan ... Police Sergeant (uncredited)
Martin Doric ... Reporter (uncredited)
Charles Ferguson ... Detective (uncredited)
Sammy Finn ... Reporter (uncredited)
Dick Gordon ... Reporter (uncredited)
Sherry Hall ... Court Clerk (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Board Member (uncredited)

Arthur Hecht ... Reporter (uncredited)
Thomas Browne Henry ... Walter's Business Assistant (uncredited)
Stuart Holmes ... Board Member (uncredited)
Wilbur Mack ... Board Member (uncredited)
Thomas Martin ... Reporter (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Hotel Guest (uncredited)
William J. O'Brien ... Reporter (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Court Bailiff (uncredited)
Bob Perry ... Wisecracking Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Perry ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Frank Pershing ... Board Member (uncredited)
Hil Probert ... Himself (gas station customer) (uncredited)
Charles Sherlock ... Detective (uncredited)
Carl Sklover ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Bert Stevens ... Board Member (uncredited)
Dorothy Vernon ... Woman in Courthouse Hallway (uncredited)
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Directed by
Arthur Lubin 
 
Writing credits
Dorothy Davenport (screenplay) (as Dorothy Reid) and
Jay Dratler (screenplay)

Jay Dratler (original story)

Produced by
Joseph H. Nadel .... associate producer
Harry M. Popkin .... executive producer
Leo C. Popkin .... producer
 
Original Music by
Michel Michelet 
 
Cinematography by
Ernest Laszlo (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Arthur H. Nadel 
 
Art Direction by
Rudi Feld 
 
Set Decoration by
Jacques Mapes  (as Jacque Mapes)
 
Costume Design by
Maria P. Donovan  (as Maria Donovan)
 
Makeup Department
Lee Greenway .... makeup artist
Helen Lierly .... hair stylist (uncredited)
Lillian Shore .... hair stylist (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Maurie M. Suess .... assistant director
 
Sound Department
Mac Dalgleish .... sound recordist (as W.M. Dalgleish)
Hugh McDowell Jr. .... sound recordist (as Hugh McDowell)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Henry Schuster .... gaffer (uncredited)
Frank Tanner .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Music Department
Herschel Burke Gilbert .... orchestrator (as Herschel Gilbert)
Michel Perriere .... conductor
Samuel Hoffman .... musician: theremin (uncredited)
 
Other crew
George T. Clemens .... choreographer (uncredited)
Cora Parmentier .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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111 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Trivia:
Midway through the film, Walter tells Marsha: "A rolling stone gathers no moss." Later, when Marsha asks Walter if he's returning to hometown, Walter replies: "Wild horses couldn't drag me back there." Nearly 25 years after the release of this film, British group The Rolling Stones had a hit with the song "Wild Horses."See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: In a scene in the Captain's office, when Quincy being asked to investigate Williams' story, in a longer shot Quincy's hands are resting on a desk lamp on the desk, the next closer shots shows them being held in front of him.See more »
Quotes:
Narrator:[First lines] Impact, the force with which two lives come together. Sometimes for good, sometimes for evil.See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Avain (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
It Can't BeSee more »

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42 out of 59 people found the following review useful.
My Personal Choice as Best Film Noir Ever., 19 August 2005
Author: vitaleralphlouis from United States

Although there are some flaws in this film, I rate it a 10 for the best ever Film Noir if for no other reason than I've watched it over and over for 55 years. The 2005 smash hit TV show LOST is themed in the concept of renewal, as is "IMPACT." Thinking he has a perfect life, Brian Donlevy will soon find out he's standing on a mountain of betrayal. He'll go from being a top level businessman (with an apartment on Nob Hill, at the building across from the Fairmont Hotel, the one with the walled in parking lot out front, where everybody in San Francisco film noirs lived in the 1950's... Never mind!) Anyway, as he recovers from the daze of attempted murder he'll accidentally stumble upon a new and quite different life, one that most any of us could enjoy. Then come the hard choices..... I first saw this movie on a single day booking at the Silver Theatre at age 11. What stuck in my mind after seeing it is that if life ever went sour to the point of contemplating suicide, a wise alternative might be a fake suicide --- followed by a renewed and drastically different second life, as in this movie. There was no suicide, fake or otherwise, in this picture; but I thought that was a healthy idea to place into a young viewer's mind; whether intended or not. Then there's Ella Raines. Hmm! Friends, forget Marilyn Monroe or any of the other 1950's sexpots. Keep Marilyn, do what you like, I don't care. Just introduce me to Ella Raines. Pretty, thin, lithe, smart. Yum!

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