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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 »
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In this world, you turn the other cheek, and you get hit with a lug wrench. 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 William's Apartment building is the Brocklebank, most famous for its appearance in Vertigo (1958).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 »
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Featured in Avain (2006)See more »
Soundtrack:
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22 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
In this world, you turn the other cheek, and you get hit with a lug wrench., 5 March 2006
Author: Andy (film-critic) from Bookseller of the Blue Ridge

I am a true believe that the best films that Hollywood ever produced came from the 1940s. Whether it was in the early 40s like the film Gaslight or later like Lean's Great Expectations, I have never seen so many great stories with so much originality, humanity, and creativity. Impact is no different. What transformed this picture from your typical film-noir thriller into a full-fledged murder/mystery is not just the creative story, but also the strong characters, the twisting themes, and the questionable ending. Impact could not have been as fascinating as it was if it were not for the impressive story. From the opening scene, we think that we have this film already pegged as your typical "wife cheats on man and he now wants revenge" story, but as director Arthur Lubin guides us further down his diabolical path, we learn that there is going to be more surprises than we originally anticipated. These surprises will not only lock your jaw in a shocked position, but it will also provide 111 minutes of pure uncut film-noir.

I have read other reviews that claim that Impact does not fall within the typical film-noir genre. I see where they are saying this, but I do not agree. Lubin, I believe, was creating a classy film-noir for his audience, but he tricked us. He not only tricked us from the beginning of the film to the end, but also where the film-noir style should be placed. We assume that the because Brian Donlevy is our centralized character that he has to be the dark and brooding one the entire time, causing the sensation of film-noir. I saw this film in a different light. As Lubin kept Donlevy in the eye of the camera for most of the film, I thought that the true sinister, dark, brooding, spooky, and edgy character was Irene. Helen Walker did a superb job with this role. Not only did she portray the backstabbing wife with such precision and ease, but she also played this very strong character that I was not expecting. That sensation of film-noir with the themes of suspicion, anxiety, and pessimism are all collected well within Walker's portrayal of Irene. It is this character that fully embodies the idea of film-noir, and I couldn't keep my eyes off her the entire film. To see such a powerful female character in such an early age of Hollywood impressed me. I do not see why Impact has not made a bigger impression in the film communities. It is a landmark film that will keep you guessing in a better way than any Shyamalan film will.

Even if you cannot agree with me about Lubin's slight of "film-noir" hands, it is unmistakably true that Impact contains some of the best story coupled with acting that we have seen in quite a long time. Even in today's Hollywood you just do not see this type of intensity, excitement, and curiosity as you found in Impact. I would not be surprised if we eventually saw a remake of this film in the future. It has all the elements that one would desire to be a box-office sensation; an evil wife, a passionate husband, and a dark secret. Who wouldn't love to see this? I personally could not keep my eyes off the story or the actors in this film. Brian Donlevy was beyond normal as the disarmed man facing the truth that his wife is no longer in love with him. This being my first Donlevy film, I cannot wait to see other pieces of his work. I think he was both strong and weak enough to carry the picture. He had to show that he still loved his wife, no matter what she did, and he pulled it off with so much dedication that I nearly wanted to stand up and clap for him in my living room. I have already spoken on Irene, who I believe matched Donlevy straw for straw. Lubin needed a character that was going to counter Donlevy's like-ability, and Helen Walker did just that. As audience members, we wanted to love her and hate her at the same time. Ella Raines was nothing spectacular, but did bring this light pro-feminism theme into this light film-noir thriller. Tony Barrett was the epitome of evil; never breaking character and always making me feel slimy. My personal favorite character was Lt. Tom Quincy. I have seen many parodies when they would use the southern flatfoot, but I had never seen a film that utilized this cliché character. Impact did it and Charles Coburn perfected it. As he attempted to solve the crime, he used the vice of kindness and dedication, making this critic smile with delight. He carried the truth of this film on his back without any struggle at all.

Overall, I thought that Impact was yet another great film that I can attribute to the 1940s. I don't know who the brains were during this cinematic time, but I wish I could go back and shake their hands. Their imagination, ability to keep audiences guessing, as well as produce great "B" level actors giving more than 100% of their abilities to a film is nearly impossible to find today. I would have loved to live during this era and see these films in the smoky auditoriums packed with untouched minds. Impact was nearly flawless. I guess it dragged sometimes, and the ending seemed to be wrapped up a bit too quickly (again, the happy factor wasn't needed at the end), but this film kept my attention throughout. I cannot wait to show this movie to friends and family. To fully see where we get our ideas for our films in the year 2006, we must make sure that we respect the films from the 1940s. Impact should be at the top of every film enthusiast's list!

Grade: ***** out of *****

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