Over at Film Noir of the Week, they call Impact a diverting diet-noir. I guess so. I did watch the whole thing. The only things in it that really grabbed me though were Ella Raines, who as the review noted, makes an awfully cute grease monkey in a small town in Idaho, and this scene. Walter, agonizing over whether to return to San Francisco to declare that his wife failed to kill him, and thus taking her off the hook for murder, asks what he has to be thankful for in life. “A barren frustrated boyhood,” giving his love to a woman who tried to kill him? He says he feels stripped bare, degraded, and that he will “always think of her with nausea.” Pretty grim and noir, that.
Impact on Softy