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Strange Impersonation (1946); The Last Frontier (1956)

Strange Impersonation (1946)
February 21, 2014 - 7:30 pm

Preserved by UCLA Film & Television Archive. Preservation funding provided by the American Film Institute/National Endowment for the Arts Preservation Grants Program and the Regents of the University of California.

Strange Impersonation (1946)

Directed by Anthony Mann

Medical researcher Nora Goodrich is inventing a new form of anesthesia.  Her female lab assistant has designs on her fiancé and stages an accident, which disfigures the heroine.  Thanks to another accident, Nora assumes the identity of a dead woman and exacts her revenge.  The wacky and frenzied plot mirrors the heroine, whose film noir character conforms to director Anthony Mann’s typically overreaching and morally ambiguous hero. 

Republic Pictures Corp.  Producer: William Wilder.  Screenwriter: Mindret Lord, from a story by Anne Wigton and Lewis Herman.  Cinematographer: Robert W. Pittack.  Editor: John F. Link.  Cast: Brenda Marshall, William Gargan, Hillary Brooke, George Chandler, Ruth Ford.

35mm, b/w, 68 min.

Preserved by UCLA Film and Television Archive.

The Last Frontier (1956)

Directed by Anthony Mann

Two rugged trappers (Victor Mature, James Whitmore) and their Indian guide (Pat Hogan) become scouts at a remote frontier fort, tenuously defended by a young officer (Guy Madison) and an Indian-hating Colonel, at a time when tensions with local tribes are running high. Cool heads and high principles take a back seat to jingoism and passion in director Anthony Mann’s decidedly unromantic portrait of a frontier community. 

Columbia Pictures Corp.  Producer: William Fadiman.  Screenwriter: Philip Yordan, Russell S. Hughes.  Cinematographer: William Mellor.  Editor: Al Clark.  Cast: Victor Mature, Guy Madison, Robert Preston, James Whitmore, Pat Hogan.

35mm, color, 98 min.