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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 »
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Cast

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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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Sound Mix:
Mono (RCA Sound System)

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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: Marsha's position in relation to the car behind her changes in the scenes where she receives cigars from Ed.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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28 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
Many memorable moments, 26 May 2003
Author: manuel-pestalozzi from Zurich, Switzerland

Whoever likes movies of the late Forties should not miss this one. It tells a typical film noir story that is coherent and easy to understand. Impact is a quite artful picture, obviously made by first rate professionals. The balance between location shooting (mainly in and around San Francisco) and the extraordinarily stylish sets is in my opinion perfect and well thought out. At the center of the story is the attempted killing of the main character by his wife's lover. The car with the two men drives at night along a sinuous mountain road. It slows down and stops because of a flat tyre. As the viewers already know, this is the spot where the murder should take place. With unbelievable ease the natural surroundings (reminding you of the dramatic climax in Hitchcock's Family Plot) change into an almost expressionistic stage set with artificial fog at the bottom and everything. It is an unforgettable moment. What the film people could achieve in those days!

Brian Donlevy has some very good moments. As after a phone call he fully realises that his wife who he naively loved (calling himself "Softy" in his messages to her) had cheated and betrayed him, he stumbles to a bench on a station platform, stares into the void with dim eyes and then starts crying with rage and frustration. The scene takes almost a minute and proves that Donlevy is a much underrated actor who should be honored more.

Apart from the realistic presentation of parts of San Francisco in the late Forties (it complements Welles‘ impressions in Lady from Shanghai"), Impact has some nice pieces of slang (at least to a foreigner whose mother tongue is not English). "Grovel a shuteye" for "taking a nap", that's nice, isn't it?

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