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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
Jay Dratler (screenplay) ...
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Release Date:
26 September 1949 (Sweden) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Wanted By Two Women! One For Love! One For Murder! See more »
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:
Film noir meets Frank Capra. See more (54 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)
Sam 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)

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
Harry M. Popkin .... presenter
George T. Clemens .... choreographer (uncredited)
Cora Parmentier .... script supervisor (uncredited)
 
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111 min
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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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Trivia:
The car driven by Walter Williams is a yellow 1948 Packard Victoria 8, the most luxurious and expensive convertible of it's day, and America's leading luxury make for several decades. The Inspector played by Charles Coburn calls it a Packard roadster.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: 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:
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:
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24 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Film noir meets Frank Capra., 27 October 2002
Author: dbdumonteil

Although the final third gets in the way and is finally disappointing,it does not keep "impact" from being absorbing and entertaining.One of the rare film noirs -maybe the only one - which takes a look on the brighter side of the road:sandwiched between two very dark parts,the second one has Capra accents:the country town is some Shangri-la where time stood still ,with its very nice people ,the girl who owns a garage but of course does not know anything about mechanics(woman's lib supporters will cringe),the young father proud of his new-born son ,the Sunday service,the old lady cooking tasty little dishes.All of this is unusual in a film noir.Some might say that "shadow of a doubt"(1942) had already that ,but evil could enter this world,as the heroine 's uncle came to town.Here,the evil is elsewhere ,in San Francisco.Only in San Francisco.Or on the dark road where anything can happen:first part is effective,and shows some "Postman always rings twice" (1946) influence.

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