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This is a beyond good film, it is fantastic, A man whose wife is having an affair plans to have him killed by her lover, however, the husband survives and the lover dies! He goes underground and works as a mechanic in a small town, but his wife is tried for murder and he goes back, to tell the truth and is accused by his wife of killing her lover, he is then arrested and has to stand trial. The acting is through the roof, sentimental and tearjerking, and just wonderful in every way
Outdated crime film starring Brian Donlevy as Walter Williams when his wife, Irene Williams (Helen Walker) conspired to have her husband killed by her lover who with unfortunate events got himself killed in the process. When the husband gains unconsciousness surviving the blow in the back of his head and figures out what happened, he adapts to settling to living in a small town. And it is there he meets a female mechanic, Marsha (Ella Raines) who coincidentally lost her husband in the war.
I enjoyed this film which has elements of noir (a greedy duplicitous women using another to kill her husband). It's got a well written plot with some standout performances featuring Charles Coburn and in a role playing the detective as solid as concrete, the beautiful Helen Walker playing the duplicitous wife, Ella Raines very nicely portraying the small town love interest perfectly and Brian Donlevy as the wronged husband given a nice leading role not getting too emotional here. Some would call him wooden here, I would call his performance accurate if a little understated. Two interesting parts are from veteran performers Anna May Wong (first film in 1922 and collected an Oscar in 1936 for her role in "The Good Earth") and veteran silent performer Mae Marsh both turn in solid performances here. Unfortunately in the usual Hollywood treatment of Asian performers of the time is patronising. The minor role of Helen Walker's lover played by Tony Barrett is performed with the right amount of bad egg all over it, the line delivery is of a street wise, very shady character and the scenes in the car with Donlevy awkward at best, increasing the tension for me. There is some very nice location shooting and the scoring is nice and rich and employed when required to enhance the more dramatic or atmospheric moments in the film. Having the famed Ernest Haller as cinematographer adds quality to the look of the film.
It's hard to imagine it would have been a "B" on the lower half of the bill with a running time just 9 minutes short of 2 hours running time. If it was a "B", well I would consider this one of the better ones! I found I had to view a couple of times to pick up all plot twists and turns particularly after the detective (expertly played by Charles Coburn) starts on the trail of Helen Walker. If your up for a nice little bit of murder and deception with a courtroom trial to top this is the one for you! Just find the better print with the contemporary "Hollywood Noir" at the start of the file prior to a U.S. censorship tag. It's almost splice free and the audio is clear and rich. This isn't a film from one of the "majors" but it isn't "poverty row" either. 4/5 stars.
This is a great Film Noir Flick!! I adore old movies and this one is worth seeing! I'd never heard of it before and it just happened to be on an old movie channel!
Brian Donlevy is minding his own business when he realises that it's his young wife's lover that's trying to kill him with a lug wrench upside of his head. Surviving the attack yet presumed dead he decides to stay underground, on the lam, and let her take the rap for his undoing. Will she get the chair for it? Will he let her get the chair? Sure, this B grade noir is unlikely, but it manages to hold your interest throughout the fantastical twists that it takes. It's serviceable.
Impact starts out in classic noir mode but changes gears about halfway through. The result is an enjoyable crime drama with Brian Donlevy in fine form as Walter Williams.
Great photography, great acting, tight and twisty plot--High octane noir!!
To begin with, the exposition is insufferable. The suspense is great when the turning point finally comes around, but the movie then tries to begin two or three different movies patched unevenly and unnecessarily together. What's more, they all star Brian Donlevy, the most boring actor in the universe.
This Film Comes from the Mill Creek 100 Mystery Classics Movie Collection. This is truly a hidden gem in Black & White from 1949. One of the best Mystery Movies I've seen new or classic. This is about a love triangle, A women plots to have her husband killed while is on a business trip, the killer is her lover, but things go wrong the killer is killed instead and the husband survives the killers attack and stumbles into a town where at first he doesn't know who he is, then remembering and reading the papers everyone thinks he's dead. Meanwhile the wife is collecting until he appears back in town to have her charged with conspiracy to commit murder, but then tables are turned and he is charged with killing her lover, will he be sent to prison, only by watching will you know. 5 stars 10-3-12
Wonderful movie superb acting and great twist at the end