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Hollow Triumph (1948)

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Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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John Muller / Dr. Bartok
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Evelyn Hahn
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Frederick Muller
Leslie Brooks ...
Virginia Taylor
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Swangron
Mabel Paige ...
Charwoman
Herbert Rudley ...
Marcy
Charles Arnt ...
Coblenz
George Chandler ...
Aubrey - Assistant
Sid Tomack ...
Artell - Manager
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Jerry
Ann Staunton ...
Blonde
Paul E. Burns ...
Clerk (as Paul Burns)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Deputy
Morgan Farley ...
Howard Anderson
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Storyline

John Muller, medical school dropout and brilliant crook, plans a holdup which goes a little bit wrong, and finds vindictive gambler Rocky Stansyck after him. At the end of his tether, he stumbles onto a lucky chance to assume an impenetrable new identity as psychiatrist Victor Bartok. But irony piles on as Muller finds it's out of the frying pan, into the fire. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

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HIS SCAR marked them BOTH!!

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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Release Date:

3 February 1949 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Murdered Himself  »

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(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The failure of the original copyright holder to renew the film's copyright resulted in it falling into public domain, meaning that virtually anyone could duplicate and sell a VHS/DVD copy of the film. Therefore, many of the versions of this film available on the market are either severely (and usually badly) edited and/or of extremely poor quality, having been duped from second- or third-generation (or more) copies of the film. See more »

Goofs

The position of the file that John Muller was reading in Dr. Bartok's office file cabinet changes position between shots. See more »

Quotes

John Muller: It's a bitter little world full of sad surprises, and you don't let anyone hurt you.
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Soundtracks

Blue Danube Waltz
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauß
Whistled by Muller's workmate at the garage
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A Highly Watchable Descent in Noir Territory
29 October 1999 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

The Scar is a real sleeper. It seldom appears on anybody's list of essential films noirs. Yet, this independently produced gem contains the very essence of noir. Paul Henreid memorably creates the doomed main character who tries to change his own fate by taking advantage of a fantastic coincidence: recently released from prison, this career criminal sees a way to start fresh and at the top--he stumble upon a successful psychiatrist who is his exact double. Really a well-produced B movie, The Scar does utilize some plot cliches, but it proceeds with such unrelenting noir force, that its impact in undeniable. Directed by Steve Szekely in a Fritz Lang-influenced, this film should appeal to fans of The Woman in the Window or Scarlett Street. Highly watchable!!


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