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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:
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John Muller / Dr. Victor E. 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 ...
Harold - Prison Clerk (as Paul Burns)
Charles Trowbridge ...
Prison Warden
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>

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HIS SCAR marked them BOTH!!

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Crime | Film-Noir | Drama

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3 February 1949 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Murdered Himself  »

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(RCA Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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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

When the gang is driving away from the casino hold-up, it appears the trailing car is hit three times in the rear window. (Actually it looks like someone is throwing paint balls inside the car at said window.) In the next shot of the car crashing into the lamp post, the car's rear window has no such defects. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn Hahn: Don't take too much for granted! A girl has to have a social life.
John Muller: Things have come out of that sweet baby face of yours.
Evelyn Hahn: Don't run away with yourself. Take it easy!
John Muller: Why do I like you?
Evelyn Hahn: My baby blue eyes!
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Blue Danube Waltz
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Written by Johann Strauß
Whistled by Muller's workmate at the garage
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Victor Laszlo is a crook
5 November 2004 | by See all my reviews

Paul Henreid is in every single scene of this movie, and it's hard not to think of him in his most famous role, and to impose that image onto this picture. Henreid's thick accent is a distraction that really robs this movie of some of its charm.

But, the plot twists make up for everything. One takes place in a photo shop, and its significance is immediately apparent. The other is the ending which caught me totally by surprise. I can't say anymore for fear of spoiling it for those who haven't seen it, but I will pause to note how no other commentator here has bothered to note the *irony* of how Laszlo .. er Muller .. er Bartok met his end.

Joan Bennett is terrific here, as a cynical, vulnerable, rather sarcastic secretary who shows herself to be an astute judge of character, though not as hard-hearted as she'd have us believe. Leslie Brooks .. the exquisitely eye-lined Leslie Brooks .. is wasted here.

This is a tedious, hum-drum movie except in the moments when Henreid and Bennett are together on screen, but that wonderful ending is one of the best you'll ever see. 7 out of 10.


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