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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!
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:
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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)

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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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: 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:
It Can't BeSee more »

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32 out of 38 people found the following review useful.
Great acting, great movie, 28 March 2004
Author: sbibb1 (sbibb1@aol.com) from New York, NY

A good example of a little known "film noir," this 1949 film was shot primarily on location in San Francisco.

There is good acting all around, from the main stars down to supporting cast, and the plot does tie together nicely.

Look for Mae Marsh, a silent film star who plays Ella Raines mother, and also look for a brief cameo appearance by syndicated columnist and radio personality Sheila Graham, playing herself of course.

Brian Donlevy, who made similar "noir" films, among them D.O.A., appears to be right at home in this film, and is wonderful in an understated way.

The film, at almost 2 hours in length was a bit long for the time, and might drag a bit, but is worth watching.

Anna Mae Wong plays the maid in this film, an old time character actress from the days of silent films, she has a small but all important role in the film, for she holds the key (literally) to how the whole movie ends. Listen for some degrading Chinese music when Ms. Wong is on the run.

Interesting note, Helen Walker who plays the scheming wife in the film, was involved in a major scandal of her own. On New Years Eve, 1946, she was driving home some hitchhiking soldiers near Redlands, California. Walker, apparently drunk at the wheel, got into a car accident in which one of the soldiers was killed and the other two badly injured. Though in the end exonerated of any guilt from the accident, it seemed to plague her for the rest of her life, and she slipped deeper and deeper into depression.

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