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Hollow Triumph (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Film-Noir, Drama | 3 February 1949 (Mexico)
Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

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Cast

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Evelyn Hahn
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Frederick Muller
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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>

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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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Trivia

Debut of Thomas Browne Henry. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

[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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Soundtracks

Blue Danube Waltz
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Whistled by Muller's workmate at the garage
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Henried in noir sleeper
5 June 2008 | by (Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico) – See all my reviews

Paul Henried plays a career criminal, who gets the usual release from prison with the assurance from the warden that he'll be back. And, of course, the warden was at least partly right, as Henried's character's first move is to reassemble his gang and rob a casino. This is a great part for Henried, who plays it so well he makes it seem as if he were born to play a bad guy. He has a great face for the camera to zoom in on in those darkly lit scenes. As well, the fairly ingenious story keeps one watching, as he assumes the identity of a successful psycho-analyst who he was a dead ringer for. It gives us a look at the criminal duplicity of that situation, with some amusing scenes of him in the office with patients on the couch, though the part played by Joan Bennet, as the office secretary, needed to have been more developed to meet the needs of her situation. Nonetheless, the film is very well directed, and keeps the conclusion a secret all the way up to the end.


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