Strange Impersonation Reviews

  • May 12, 2015

    I really enjoyed this classic film....

    I really enjoyed this classic film....

  • Apr 29, 2012

    One of Anthony Mann's earlier efforts, and not one of his better known film noirs, this is, if nothing else, a movie that has a good enough sense of humor to bask in its own strangeness. It has a wonderful lead actress in Brenda Marshall, a beautiful screen presence and one who doesn't mind getting a little weird. The plot involves a twisted love triangle in which a jealous lab assistant gets in the way of a brilliant chemist, Nora Goodrich (Marshall), and her fiance by sabotaging an experiment. When the experiment goes wrong after Nora uses herself as a test subject, she becomes horribly disfigured. Then she becomes unwillingly involved in a murder, whose victim is mistaken for Nora, she flees to Los Angeles to undergo plastic surgery. With a whole new face, she goes back to try to discover the truth behind her horrible fate. Yeah, it's a weird story, and it works in spite of itself most of the time. Mann's lively direction is apparent even in this early, crude feature; he lights and frames his subjects wonderfully and spends equal time on their beauty and their ugliness. It is clear that this is an A-list director who just hasn't gotten the chance to break away from B-movies yet. Most viewers will roll their eyes at the ending of the picture, which looks now contrived and overdone, but I find that it works for the movie in a hokey kind of way.

    One of Anthony Mann's earlier efforts, and not one of his better known film noirs, this is, if nothing else, a movie that has a good enough sense of humor to bask in its own strangeness. It has a wonderful lead actress in Brenda Marshall, a beautiful screen presence and one who doesn't mind getting a little weird. The plot involves a twisted love triangle in which a jealous lab assistant gets in the way of a brilliant chemist, Nora Goodrich (Marshall), and her fiance by sabotaging an experiment. When the experiment goes wrong after Nora uses herself as a test subject, she becomes horribly disfigured. Then she becomes unwillingly involved in a murder, whose victim is mistaken for Nora, she flees to Los Angeles to undergo plastic surgery. With a whole new face, she goes back to try to discover the truth behind her horrible fate. Yeah, it's a weird story, and it works in spite of itself most of the time. Mann's lively direction is apparent even in this early, crude feature; he lights and frames his subjects wonderfully and spends equal time on their beauty and their ugliness. It is clear that this is an A-list director who just hasn't gotten the chance to break away from B-movies yet. Most viewers will roll their eyes at the ending of the picture, which looks now contrived and overdone, but I find that it works for the movie in a hokey kind of way.

  • Feb 06, 2012

    Bizarre and masterfully done schlock.

    Bizarre and masterfully done schlock.

  • May 07, 2010

    Ludicrous story with questionable ideas about gender roles and a lame cop-out ending... but deliciously fun nonetheless. You've gotta love a movie with a tagline like "Hell hath no fury as a woman scalded by acid"! A really twisted revenge thriller/soap opera that plays out a bit like an extended "Twilight Zone" episode. Anthony Mann's noir chops are undeniable, and although this one isn't exactly noir, it pushes all the right buttons. I had my doubts going into it, but it turned out to be a really good time. Just ignore the last two minutes (although they do make the plot's implausibilities more palatable).

    Ludicrous story with questionable ideas about gender roles and a lame cop-out ending... but deliciously fun nonetheless. You've gotta love a movie with a tagline like "Hell hath no fury as a woman scalded by acid"! A really twisted revenge thriller/soap opera that plays out a bit like an extended "Twilight Zone" episode. Anthony Mann's noir chops are undeniable, and although this one isn't exactly noir, it pushes all the right buttons. I had my doubts going into it, but it turned out to be a really good time. Just ignore the last two minutes (although they do make the plot's implausibilities more palatable).

  • Feb 08, 2009

    Spännande och rätt märklig historia om hämnd och svartsjuka. En kvinnlig forskare byter identitet med en utpressare för att hämnas på en rival som van ställt hennes ansikte vid ett experiment för att komma emellan forskaren och hennes blivande man. Tappar väldigt mycket på ett dåligt slut.

    Spännande och rätt märklig historia om hämnd och svartsjuka. En kvinnlig forskare byter identitet med en utpressare för att hämnas på en rival som van ställt hennes ansikte vid ett experiment för att komma emellan forskaren och hennes blivande man. Tappar väldigt mycket på ett dåligt slut.

  • Oct 06, 2008

    Terrific B-Thriller from the great Anthony Mann about chemist Nora Goodrich (Brenda Marshall) seeking revenge on her jealous assistant who sabotaged an experiment which left Goodrich's face severely scarred. Noteworthy film in that the leads are female rather than the typical male stars, which makes the film much more effective in the long run. The ending may seem a bit contrived but thinking about it in the context of the film that preceded it, it makes perfect sense.

    Terrific B-Thriller from the great Anthony Mann about chemist Nora Goodrich (Brenda Marshall) seeking revenge on her jealous assistant who sabotaged an experiment which left Goodrich's face severely scarred. Noteworthy film in that the leads are female rather than the typical male stars, which makes the film much more effective in the long run. The ending may seem a bit contrived but thinking about it in the context of the film that preceded it, it makes perfect sense.

  • Sep 09, 2008

    Oh yes, this is tasty.

    Oh yes, this is tasty.

  • Jul 23, 2008

    Eccentric but effective film noir with a clever power-play between 3 women. A Repiblic Pictures 68 minute quickie from director Anthony Mann.

    Eccentric but effective film noir with a clever power-play between 3 women. A Repiblic Pictures 68 minute quickie from director Anthony Mann.

  • Jul 01, 2008

    The setup for this B movie is great and "Twilight Zone"-esque; you just have to forget that the last scene exists.

    The setup for this B movie is great and "Twilight Zone"-esque; you just have to forget that the last scene exists.

  • Feb 26, 2008

    Nifty little plot twister.

    Nifty little plot twister.