"It hurts to be tricked and cheated by someone you loved and believed in, but that doesn't give you the right to take justice into your own hands, trample on the hearts of others and walk out on life."
Imagine you are an avaricious and scheming woman like Irene Williams played by Helen Walker (Nightmare Alley). You have succeeded in landing a wealthy husband who worships the ground you walk on, bows to your every whim, and gives you every luxury imaginable. Wouldn't you quit while you're ahead?
Imagine you are the luckiest man in the world, which is how industrialist Walter Williams played by Brian Donlevy (Beau Geste) considers himself, and suddenly you are not. You are a potential murder victim at the hands of your wife and her lover, and after defending yourself, a man with no name or home to call his own.
Ella Raines, Brian Donlevy
Imagine you are a young widow running a small town gas station like Marsha Peters played by Ella Raines (Phantom Lady). Fate hits you with a stranger whose past is definitely mysterious and may be shady. Fate also makes this stranger the fellow you happen to fall in love with, and that is just the beginning of Fate's dirty tricks. Marsha is smack-dab in the middle of the Williams' unfinished business, and it is a matter of life and death.
Ella Raines, Anna May Wong, Charles Coburn
All of those disparate threads come together in a mystery for a veteran cop, Lt. Quincy played with a gentle Irish brogue by Charles Coburn (Has Anybody Seen My Gal). Cops aren't supposed to take sides, but Quincy trusts his instincts as Impact's procedural aspects blend with its intrigue, romance, and courtroom drama. Everything may hinge on Anna May Wong (Shanghai Express).
Produced by Harry and Leo Popkin, businessmen turned movie producers who gave us favourites like And Then There Were None and Champagne for Caesar. Impact joins D.O.A. and The Thief in their crime/noir output. Arthur Lubin, who effortless went between Francis the Talking Mule and Abbott and Costello to Phantom of the Opera and Footsteps in the Fog, directed the Jay Dratler (Pitfall) and Dorothy Davenport (Mrs. Wallace Reid) screenplay.
Rise and shine! TCM is airing Impact at 6 AM on Monday, June 10th. The theme for the day appears to be secret or hidden identities with Hollow Triumph and The Scarlet Pimpernel also among the titles.