USA 19

Anthony Mann made the most charming films. Strange Impersonation was quite unbelievable as a premise, but still ranks as a favorite of the Film Noir mood. Very short, but only because Mann didn't include any filler scenes - it clocks in at only 68 minutes. I've seen it three times now.


A female research scientist conducting experiments on a new anesthetic has a very bad week. Her scheming assistant intentionally scars her face, her almost-fiancée appears to have deserted her and she  finds herself being blackmailed by a women she accidentally knocked down with her car. So what is one to do? - after she accidentally kills the blackmailer, she decides to take her place in life, get plastic surgery, dye her hair and seek revenge. How wonderful!

Gary W. Tooze

Poster + Lobby Card

Theatrical Release: March 16th, 1946 - USA

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Distribution Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:08:18
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.49 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s  

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Dolby) 
Subtitles None

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• None

• A single sheet insert with a small lobby card reproduction. 

DVD Release Date: July 18th, 2000

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Chapters: 12




Over 4 years old, this DVD, although not in the pioneer days, wasn't long after and does show to be a real cheapo. No Main menu - just three Chapter menus (indicating 4 chapters each). No extras (aside from the insert) and the image quality, although not bad, is not stellar either. There is damage, but it shows some occasional sharpness and as I kind of like this film am quite glad someone put it out on DVD at all. Mann fans should pick this up - but watch it - it's priced too high normally (like other obscure Kino and Image releases). Keep your eye out for a used or bargain basement copy.  out of .   

Gary W. Tooze

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