Impact (1949)

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When Walter Williams (Brian Donlevy) suspects that his cheating wife and her boy-toy are plotting to kill him, Williams turns the tables, killing the boyfriend instead.

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Critic Reviews for Impact

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Ordinary film never excels.

Nov 28, 2015 | Full Review…

If in the hands of a more exciting director this could have been top-grade film noir.

Apr 2, 2014 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Impact

½

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.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

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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

Bruce Bruce
Bruce Bruce

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½

Enjoyable crime drama with Donlevy fine in the lead but it's actually Helen Walker who makes the strongest impression as the treacherous wife.

jay nixon
jay nixon

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There have been an inordinately high number of great movies set in San Francisco; alas, this is not one of them. Impact is a so-so b-movie which starts off as a film noir and finishes as a courtroom drama. Brian Donlevy plays a wealthy businessman, missing presumed dead after his wife and her lover's murder plot backfires, who hides out in small-town Idaho while the police investigation closes in on his spouse. The film works fine up until the attempt on Donlevy's life but falls rather flat thereafter, as Donlevy concentrates on becoming a pillar of an apple-pie community - cherry-pie, in this case - instead of exacting revenge on his faithless missus, which is what we'd expect him to do. Donlevy sleepwalks through the movie, but Helen Walker, as his wife, and Ella Raines, as the chirpy, tomboyish garage owner who takes pity on him, give it everything they've got.

Stephen M
Stephen M

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