Friday, May 28, 2010

Impact(1949). Wanted by two women! One for Love! One for Murder!

Impact(1949).Noir. Cast: Brian Donlevy and Ella Raines. It was filmed in California including the scenes at San Francisco's Fisherman's Wharf. The film was based on a story by film noir writer Jay Dratler.

Millionaire Walter William's, young wife, Irene, is trying to kill him with the help of her lover, Jim Torrance. Williams survives a hit on the head. Torrance takes off in Williams' car but dies in a head-on collision. Everyone believes that Williams was the driver.

Williams ends up in a small town in Idaho. He lands a job at a service station and falls in love with the station's owner daughter, Marsha. Meanwhile, the police arrest Williams' wife for his "murder." Marsha talks Walter into going back to clear his wife. You have to watch to see what happens next.
Click to view the movie: Suddenly(1949).

Fun Fact:
This was Anna May Wong's first screen performance since 1942.

I thought this "B" film noir is one of the best. A simple plot which has a wonderful twist. Also, to me it looks like one of the buildings is the same building in the film Vertigo(1958).

Ella Raines, studied drama at the University of Washington and was performing in a play there when she was spotted by Howard Hawks. She became the first actor signed to the new production company he had formed with the actor Charles Boyer, "B-H Productions", and made her film debut in Corvette K-225 in 1943.

During 1954 she starred in her own television series Janet Dean, Registered Nurse. She also performed in television series: Robert Montgomery Presents, Douglas Fairbanks, Jr., Presents, Lights Out, Pulitzer Prize Playhouse and The Christophers.

She retired from acting in 1957, but made one more acting performance in the series Matt Houston in 1984.

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