Hollow Triumph (1948)

Not Rated  |   |  Crime, Film-Noir, Drama  |  3 February 1949 (Mexico)
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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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Complete credited cast:
John Muller / Dr. Victor E. Bartok
Evelyn Hahn
Frederick Muller
Virginia Taylor
Mabel Paige ...
Herbert Rudley ...
Charles Arnt ...
George Chandler ...
Aubrey - Assistant
Sid Tomack ...
Artell - Manager
Ann Staunton ...
Paul E. Burns ...
Harold - Prison Clerk (as Paul Burns)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Prison Warden
Morgan Farley ...
Howard Anderson


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>

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HIS SCAR marked them BOTH!!


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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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Debut of Thomas Browne Henry. See more »


When Muller is pumping gas, the pump indicates the price is 25 1/2 cents per gallon, and it has delivered 4 9/10 gallons of gas, but only indicates a total sale of $1.00 - when it should be $1.25. (The pump's bell did ring four times - once per gallon delivered - which is correct. See more »


[Evelyn kisses Muller by mistake]
Evelyn Hahn: What can I do for you?
John Muller: What more could any reasonable man ask?
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Blue Danube Waltz
Written by Johann Strauss
Whistled by Muller's workmate at the garage
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Powerful Ending
6 February 2003 | by (Newfoundland, Canada) – See all my reviews

An escaped robber named Johnny Muller (Paul Henreid) in a desperate attempt to hide from the hired killers chasing after him decides to take the place of a look-a-like psychoanalyst named Dr. Bartok. The only difference is a scar Bartok has on his face...Johnny carries out his plan with surprisingly success except for one small detail. Along the way to becoming Dr. Bartok, Johnny meets and unexpectedly falls in love with Bartok's secretary Evelyn, who has lost faith in mankind, in one of the greatest film noir romances ever put to film.

The best thing about this unlikely Film Noir film is its superb ending...with the close-up on Evelyn's face at the end and an ending we are aware of but she is not.

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