Crime movie showcases cinematography

Staff Writer
Woodford Times

A 1949 film noir gem with classic tension propelling the plot, “Impact,” also benefits from exemplary cinematography, and it’s showing on Aug. 11 at downtown Peoria’s nonprofit Apollo Theater.

The crime yarn stars longtime 20th Century Fox and Paramount actor Brian Donlevy as a successful businessman targeted for murder by his scheming wife and her lover. When he survives and the boyfriend dies in a car wreck, it’s the husband who’s declared dead, so he bides his time to see if his wife will be punished.

The 111-minute movie was shot by Academy Award-winning cinematographer Ernest Laszlo, who went on to be the cinematographer for dozens of high-caliber pictures, including “D.O.A.,” “Stalag 17,” “Kiss Me Deadly,” “While the City Sleeps,” “Inherit the Wind,” “It's a Mad Mad Mad Mad World,” “Judgment at Nuremberg,” and “Logan’s Run.”

Besides veteran character actor Charles Coburn, co-starring as a police investigator, the movie also features Ella Raines, Helen Walker and Anna May Wong.

Show times at the Apollo are at 7 p.m. Donations are $5 and $4 for kids, students and seniors. For details call 673-4343.