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Strange Impersonation (1946)

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

Cast overview:
Brenda Marshall ... Nora Goodrich
William Gargan ... Dr. Stephen Lindstrom
Hillary Brooke ... Arline Cole
George Chandler ... Jeremiah W. Rinse
Ruth Ford 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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Storyline

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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THE MOST UNUSUAL PICTURE IN YEARS! (original poster-all caps) See more »


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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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Production Co:

W. Lee Wilder Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

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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Has so e good moments but loses track
13 December 2017 | by JohnHowardReidSee all my reviews

This early Anthony Mann film starts off most promisingly with tracking shots in the lecture theatre (of the Mindred Lord Institute yet!), mirror shots in the laboratory and a marvelous overhead shot of a flashing hotel neon sign and George Chandler sitting on a fire hydrant on the pavement below. After another wonderful mirror shot in Brenda Marshall's apartment, she and William Gargan walk on to the balcony and it is at this point that the film begins to fall apart. The script takes on the plotting and dialogue of some stupid dime-store novelette for mentally backward adolescents and the direction becomes astonishingly routine, with long, static takes and interminable close-ups and two-shots of the unattractive principals (even Hillary Brooke looks unattractive in the costumes, make-up and lighting of this film). The mirror motif is lost sight of altogether, until just before the plastic surgery sequence when the film comes to life for a few more moments (the table lamp lighting Marshall's face from below, the struggle, the escape, the surgery), wanes for a stretch, surges to life for a few more moments (the interrogation) and then is extinguished forever by a poor conclusion. Brenda Marshall brings little distinction to her dual role, Miss Brooke is not much better and Gargan is about as welcome as rain at a school picnic. The support cast, headed by George Chandler of all people, is more interesting.


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