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Impulse (1954)

| Crime, Drama, Mystery | 1954 (UK)
An American realtor living in England is dissatisfied with what he believes to be his humdrum life. One weekend while his wife is out of town, he gives a ride to a woman he sees stranded on... See full summary »

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Cy Endfield (as Charles de Lautour)

Writers:

Cy Endfield (screenplay) (as Jonathan Roach), Lawrence Huntington (screenplay) (as Laurence Huntingdon) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Arthur Kennedy ... Alan Curtis
Constance Smith ... Lila
Joy Shelton ... Elizabeth Curtis
Jack Allen Jack Allen ... Freddie
James Carney James Carney ... Jack Forrester
Cyril Chamberlain Cyril Chamberlain ... Gray
Cameron Hall Cameron Hall ... Joe
Jean St. Clair Jean St. Clair ... Curtis's Next Door Neighbour
Bruce Beeby Bruce Beeby ... Harry Winters
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An American realtor living in England is dissatisfied with what he believes to be his humdrum life. One weekend while his wife is out of town, he gives a ride to a woman he sees stranded on the road. One thing leads to another, and he soon finds himself enmeshed in a plot involving a diamond robbery, gangsters and murder. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Why throw away your whole future...for a girl you've known only 24 hours?

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

1954 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

I peripeteia arhise mia nyhta See more »

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Tempean Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Feature-film debut of Kenneth Cope. See more »

Soundtracks

You're Gone
Music by Stanley Black
Lyric by Barbara Killalee
Sung by Constance Smith (uncredited)
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An enjoyable pot boiler
24 January 2018 | by Paul EvansSee all my reviews

Alan Curtis has reached a point in his life where he's bored with the everyday, his job and wife no longer satisfy him, one night he comes to the aid of a beautiful young woman Lila, and makes a decision that transforms his life.

I'm really surprised by the mainly mediocre reviews for this film, I personally really enjoyed it. It morphs from a melodrama with light comedy into a crime thriller, some really fine performances, Arthur Kennedy was wonderfully charismatic, and had a wonderful speaking voice. Jean St Clair was huge fun as the lusting next door neighbour.

Constance Smith was undoubtedly the star of the show, such a beauty. It was an interesting character study, how a perfectly decent and sorted man could be dazzled seemingly to commit murder by a beautiful woman. If I have one major criticism it would have to be the ending, why on Earth did't Joy throw his packed suitcase at him.


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