Despite its low production values, The Impersonator is excellent. It was highly popular at the time of release and deserves to be more widely known. The plot hinges on the sort of lady-killer every lady can do without, whose identity we may guess fairly early on, but who in the film is unmasked, in the most satisfying way, only very late in the proceedings. The background is set by the rather uneasy relations between local residents and a US army base, and the central couple, one half of which is the handsome John Crawford, embody both the tension and its eventual resolution. A small boy who plays an important part in the plot can actually act and is mercifully free of Hollywood cuteness and precocity. The Impersonator comes with an informative little booklet in which it is compared favourably with the major film it accompanied on its first release--that turkey of turkeys, Cleopatra. And it's wonderful to see some old-fashioned panto in a movie.
A Time To Kill is less successful but has a very neat and engaging plot. We didn't guess the killer until the final chase was about to begin, and weren't sure even then. The chief suspect's jilted fiancée, who rapidly becomes unjilted, is a very attractive character; it's most satisfying in a film of this date when a woman is allowed to be active and intelligent in defence of her man. John Le Mesurier turns up in a very unusual role, cutting a sad and lonely figure.