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Strange Impersonation (1946)

Approved | | Drama, Film-Noir, Thriller | 16 March 1946 (USA)
A research scientist conducting experiments on a new anesthetic finds herself being blackmailed by a woman she accidentally knocked down with her car; the woman wasn't hurt, but a scheming ... See full summary »

Director:

Anthony Mann

Writers:

Mindret Lord (screenplay), Anne Wigton (story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview:
Brenda Marshall ... Nora Goodrich
William Gargan ... Dr. Stephen Lindstrom
Hillary Brooke ... Arline Cole
George Chandler ... Jeremiah W. Rinse
Ruth Ford ... Jane Karaski #1
H.B. Warner ... Dr. Mansfield
Lyle Talbot ... Inspector Malloy
Mary Treen ... Talkative Nurse
Cay Forester ... Miss Roper (as Cay Forrester)
Dick Scott Dick Scott ... Police Detective
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A research scientist conducting experiments on a new anesthetic finds herself being blackmailed by a woman she accidentally knocked down with her car; the woman wasn't hurt, but a scheming attorney has convinced her she can get a lot of money for the "accident." Meanwhile, the scientist's research assistant, who is in love with her boss' boyfriend, arranges for an explosion in the laboratory that disfigures the scientist's face, in order to take the boyfriend away from her. The scientist has plastic surgery to make her look like the woman who tried to blackmail her--who while struggling with the scientist fell out of a window and was killed--and determines to get back her boyfriend and punish her scheming assistant. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 March 1946 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Estranho Pesadelo See more »

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Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Nora Goodrich: [after being groped passionately in her laboratory] Stephen, remember - science!
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Too Gimmicky
29 August 2015 | by dougdoepkeSee all my reviews

Plot-- After restorative surgery, a disfigured research scientist tries to regain her former status under an assumed identity. And that's despite a scheming rival, an unethical lawyer, and a blackmailing vixen.

About two-thirds of the way through and I was boggling at the implausibles. Okay, I'm usually pretty indulgent about these things; after all, Hollywood itself is pretty implausible. But then came the ending and all the stretches suddenly made weird sense. Not that this is a good film. It's just a programmer from cowboy-oriented Republic that RKO's noir unit might have made memorable. Then too, I agree with reviewer robert temple: why would two attractive women connive over a lump like William Gargan's Dr. Lindstrom. If there was a subtle point being made, I guess I missed it. Instead, it looks like a glaring piece of miscasting.

What the 60-minutes does have is a fine central performance from Brenda Marshall as the afflicted Nora. But most of all, it's a chance for the Hillary Brooke fan club to watch a favorite spider women do her thing. Catch the way her eyes suddenly reveal a hidden inner demeanor. That subtle inner dimension is crucial here, but as the expert actress knows, not to be overdone. Yet, why is she missing from that final scene. Her presence there would seem required in order to complete the circuit with the pivotal earlier scene. But since when did Golden Age Hollywood compromise their blissful fade-outs, regardless of logic.

Anyway, I expect a few years later with a more seasoned Anthony Mann and a more appropriate studio, the idea could have achieved genuine noir status.


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