The Man Who Cheated Himself

1950

Crime / Drama / Film-Noir / Mystery

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IMDb Rating 6.9 10 1,276

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Jane Wyatt as Marjorie Byrne
John Dall as Andy Cullen
Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Ed Cullen
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Movie Reviews

Reviewed by mstomaso 6 / 10 / 10

Worthy noir entry

Lee J. Cobb and John Dall give nice performances in this medium-slow paced noir thriller. It is also nice to see a 20 year-old and lovely Lisa Howard in a supporting role as Dall's new wife (famous for her news coverage of Kennedy and Castro in the early 1960s, and her subsequent suicide/overdose at the age of 35). Contrary to popular opinion, I believe that Jane Wyatt did a fine job of playing the femme fatale. Her role is a bit different from the standard noir FF, and Wyatt is a bit strange as well. Wyatt's Lois Frazier is a rich, beautiful, seemingly naive and nervous woman suffering through an abominable marriage. Senior Police Lieutenant Cullen (Cobb) is having an affair with her. Lois' husband has just left on a suspicious business trip, when Lois discovers he has purchased a gun. She believes that her husband plans on killing her. Eventually, he returns to their house and sneaks in through a door connected to his study. His wife shoots him twice at close range in the chest. Cullen, knowing that the husband had an airline ticket for that night (his planned alibi) dumps the body off at the airport. This is the basic premise. What follows is an edgy, tense and nicely photographed story, as Cullen's younger brother (Dall) - a smart fledgling detective - begins to unravel the plot. The chase scene offers some really nice noir cinematography, and interesting sets. The soundtrack is also fairly good and the editing and directing are fine (though the edition I saw did have a few missing frames and other problems. The plot offers some interesting convolutions, but also mixes these with clichés. All considered - a good film for noir fans.

Reviewed by robert-temple-1 6 / 10 / 10

San Francisco location noir thriller about compromised cop

Those who love San Francisco locations in films will get plenty of joy out of watching all these shots of how it was in 1949. It is eerily predictive of Hitchcock's later 'Vertigo', especially the Fort Point location at the foot of the Golden Gate, so near to where Kim Novak was later to stand (oh eternal moment of mystery and suspense, in the film that might have been called 'The Girl who Never Was'). It was certainly unusual for heavy-jowled and growly Lee J. Cobb to land a leading man role, but here he is, romantic even, grabbing the gal in his arms whenever the opportunity offers and slobbering his great big bear's mouth all over her pretty, pert lips like the beast that is in all of us. And she loves it, spoilt rich brat that she is. (That's part of the plot.) And so, passion triumphs, the honest cop is compromised, covers up for the hysterical beauty and all that ensues can be guessed. The DVD issue has been made from a print with lots of scratches, hiss, and missing frames, so the negative must have disappeared. But at least this 'nice little noir' remains in some form, and is eminently watchable. There are some nice lines: 'The truth can get you twenty years.' But it is a mild thriller, and its locations are its chief recommendation.

Reviewed by rdjeffers 6 / 10 / 10

Seattle International Film Festival - David Jeffers for SIFFblog.com

Sunday June 11, 1:30pm The Egyptian 'The Man Who Cheated Himself', follows the popular "bad cop noir" theme, starring Lee J. Cobb as Police Lieutenant Ed Cullin. When his lady friend Lois Frazer (Jane Wyatt), shoots her husband while the Lieutenant is 'visiting', he confronts the choice of coming clean or covering up, "I didn't know what I was doing! You know the truth!" "The truth can get you twenty years!" Cullin's kid brother Andy (John Dall) is new to homicide division and does his best to solve the crime while the Lieutenant tries to cover his tracks. "How am I doing?" " OK kid. Do any better and I'd be out of a job." The film makes use of locations in and around San Francisco including the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman's Wharf, Telegraph Hill and Fort Point. The complex plot twists involving the gun, its disposal, reappearance and an errant slug are particularly entertaining.

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