Strange Impersonation (1946)

62 or 68 mins | Drama | 16 March 1946

Full page view
HISTORY

Working titles for this film were Alias Myself and You'll Remember Me . According to a 23 Apr 1945 HR news item, the picture was to be shot at the Chaplin Studio. It has not been determined if shooting took place there, however. A 6 Jul 1945 HR news item and HR production charts include Peggy Wynne and Forrest Taylor in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been ... More Less

Working titles for this film were Alias Myself and You'll Remember Me . According to a 23 Apr 1945 HR news item, the picture was to be shot at the Chaplin Studio. It has not been determined if shooting took place there, however. A 6 Jul 1945 HR news item and HR production charts include Peggy Wynne and Forrest Taylor in the cast, but their appearance in the completed film has not been confirmed. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Box Office
2 Mar 1946.
---
Daily Variety
26 Feb 46
p. 3.
Film Daily
1 Mar 46
p. 9.
Hollywood Reporter
23 Apr 45
p. 1.
Hollywood Reporter
6 Jul 45
p. 2.
Hollywood Reporter
13 Jul 45
p. 12.
Hollywood Reporter
20 Jul 45
p. 8.
Hollywood Reporter
26 Feb 46
p. 3.
Motion Picture Daily
28 Feb 1945.
---
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
22 Dec 45
p. 2776.
Motion Picture Herald Product Digest
23 Feb 46
p. 2859.
DETAILS
Alternate Titles:
Youll Remember Me
Alias Myself
Release Date:
16 March 1946
Copyright Claimant:
Republic Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
5 March 1946
Copyright Number:
LP240
Physical Properties:
Sound
RCA Sound System
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
62 or 68
Country:
United States
Language:
English
PCA No:
11110
SYNOPSIS

Nora Goodrich, a chemical researcher at New York's Wilmotte Institute, is so busy developing a new anesthetic that she neglects her fiancé, Dr. Stephan Lindstrom. Steve wants to marry Nora immediately, but Nora insists on waiting until her research is complete, even though Steve is to leave soon for an important job in France. Anxious to conduct an experiment with her new drug, Nora shoos Steve out of her penthouse apartment and begins preparations with her assistant, Arline Cole. Nora is conducting the experiment in secret and without Steve's knowledge to avoid bureaucratic red tape. Arline, who wants Steve for herself, uses the secrecy to her advantage by overmixing the chemicals and starting a fire in Nora's apartment. Fortunately, Steve returns to retrieve his forgotten briefcase just in time to save Nora's life, although she is badly burned in the blaze. As she lies in the hospital, knowing that her face will be horribly scarred, Nora contemplates her future with Steve. Steve insists that he still loves Nora and wants to marry her, but the wily Arline succeeds in breaking the couple up. Upon her return home from the hospital, Nora is confronted by Jane Karaski, a down-on-her-luck alcoholic whom Nora had accidentally knocked down with her car before the fire. Even though the accident was caused by Jane's drunkenness, Jeremiah Wilkins Rinse, a shyster lawyer's assistant, has convinced Jane to sue Nora. Jane levels a gun at Nora and demands her purse and engagement ring, but as the two women struggle for the weapon, Jane is shot and falls from the balcony to her death. Disfigured during the fall, Jane is ... +


Nora Goodrich, a chemical researcher at New York's Wilmotte Institute, is so busy developing a new anesthetic that she neglects her fiancé, Dr. Stephan Lindstrom. Steve wants to marry Nora immediately, but Nora insists on waiting until her research is complete, even though Steve is to leave soon for an important job in France. Anxious to conduct an experiment with her new drug, Nora shoos Steve out of her penthouse apartment and begins preparations with her assistant, Arline Cole. Nora is conducting the experiment in secret and without Steve's knowledge to avoid bureaucratic red tape. Arline, who wants Steve for herself, uses the secrecy to her advantage by overmixing the chemicals and starting a fire in Nora's apartment. Fortunately, Steve returns to retrieve his forgotten briefcase just in time to save Nora's life, although she is badly burned in the blaze. As she lies in the hospital, knowing that her face will be horribly scarred, Nora contemplates her future with Steve. Steve insists that he still loves Nora and wants to marry her, but the wily Arline succeeds in breaking the couple up. Upon her return home from the hospital, Nora is confronted by Jane Karaski, a down-on-her-luck alcoholic whom Nora had accidentally knocked down with her car before the fire. Even though the accident was caused by Jane's drunkenness, Jeremiah Wilkins Rinse, a shyster lawyer's assistant, has convinced Jane to sue Nora. Jane levels a gun at Nora and demands her purse and engagement ring, but as the two women struggle for the weapon, Jane is shot and falls from the balcony to her death. Disfigured during the fall, Jane is identified as Nora because of the ring and purse, and Nora quickly runs away without being seen. Determined to start over, Nora flies to Los Angeles, and over the next fifteen months, undergoes many painful plastic surgeries to make her look exactly like Jane. She learns of Arline and Steve's marriage, and, realizing that Arline must have caused the fire to get her out of the way, Nora travels to New York seeking revenge. Giving her name as Jane Karaski, Nora pretends to be an old college friend of Nora Goodrich, and Steve believes the deception, although Arline is suspicious. Steve hires Nora as his assistant and falls in love with her over the passing months. Wanting to escape his loveless marriage to Arline, Steve asks Nora to accompany him to France and she agrees. When Arline confronts her that night, however, Nora confesses her true identity. Arline reveals that she did try to kill Nora with the fire, and Nora threatens to shoot her if she does not divorce Steve. All appears to be going well for Nora until she is arrested at the airport, for when she applied for her passport, her fingerprints matched those found on the gun that shot "Nora Goodrich." In custody, Nora tries to explain that she is Nora, and that the dead woman was Jane, who died accidentally. When Arline is brought in after Nora asserts that she can verify her identity, Arline double-crosses her again and states that Nora is a stranger who threatened her life. Nora passes out during her interrogation, and when she awakens, she is in her own apartment with Steve standing over her. Steve has returned to fetch his briefcase, dismissed Arline and awakened Nora, who was having a horrible nightmare as a result of her anesthesia experiment. Realizing that the fire, her disfigurement, Jane's death and Arline's betrayal were all products of a feverish dream, Nora gratefully embraces Steve and asks him to marry her. When asked how she looks, Steve replies, "You look just like Nora Goodrich and I love it." +

Legend
Viewed by AFI
Partially Viewed
Offscreen Credit
Name Occurs Before Title
AFI Life Achievement Award

TOP SEARCHES

CASABLANCA

During World War II, Casablanca, Morocco is a waiting point for throngs of desperate refugees fleeing Nazi-occupied Europe. Exit visas, which are necessary to leave the country, are at ... >>

CITIZEN KANE

Seventy-year-old newspaper tycoon Charles Foster Kane dies in his palatial Florida home, Xanadu, after uttering the single word “Rosebud.” While watching a newsreel summarizing the years during which Kane ... >>

REAR WINDOW

Laid up with a broken leg during the height of summer, renowned New York magazine photographer L. B. “Jeff” Jeffries enters his last week of home confinement, bored and ... >>

RAGING BULL

In 1941, at a boxing match in Cleveland, Ohio, pandemonium breaks out when Jake La Motta, an up-and-coming young boxer, loses a decision to Jimmy Reeves, suffering his first ... >>

CITY LIGHTS

At an outdoor dedication ceremony, a tramp is discovered sleeping in the arms of a statue as it is being unveiled before a crowd. He is chased into ... >>

The American Film Institute is grateful to Sir Paul Getty KBE and the Sir Paul Getty KBE Estate for their dedication to the art of the moving image and their support for the AFI Catalog of Feature Films and without whose support AFI would not have been able to achieve this historical landmark in this epic scholarly endeavor.