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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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Brian Donlevy
as Walter Williams
Ella Raines
as Marsha Peters
Helen Walker
as Irene Williams
Charles Coburn
as Lieutenant Quincy
Mae Marsh
as Mrs. Peters
Tony Barrett
as Jim Torrance
William Wright
as District Attorney
Robert Warwick
as Capt. Callahan
Philip Ahn
as Ah Sing
Art Baker
as Eldredge
Erskine Sanford
as Dr. Bender
Linda Johnson
as Telephone operator
Ruth Robinson
as Apartment manager
William H. Ruhl
as Fingerprint Expert
Will Wright
as District Attorney
Tom Greenway
as Moving van driver
Ben Welden
as Moving van helper
Hans Herbert
as Station master
Joel Friedkin
as Uncle Ben
Joe Kirk
as Hotel clerk
Harry V. Cheshire
as Irene's Attorney
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Critic Reviews for Impact

All Critics (2)

Ordinary film never excels.

November 28, 2015 | Full Review…

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

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

Audience Reviews for Impact


Brian Donlevy, usually a Hollywood character actor of second tier prominence, is given a chance to shine as the lead over a familiar if minor league cast in this curious scattered hybrid of a noir film (directed by the guy who would go on to direct the entire run of the once popular Mr. Ed talking horse television series). A tale of murder first, turning to redemption in a small town next, finishing as a big city courtroom drama at the last, with none of it ever leaving the feeling of set-up for something that eventually never arrives. Standouts include Charles Coburn's Irish cop portrayal attempt, Anna May Wong and Philip Ahn being unused and Helen Walker as the bad kitty. The backdrop, America in the midst of the postwar boom, a window into history, became nearly as interesting as the story. Even small town Idaho seems to bustle.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer


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

Super Reviewer

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