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Hollow Triumph (1948)

Not Rated | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 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
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Charwoman
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Marcy
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Coblenz
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Aubrey - Assistant
Sid Tomack ...
Artell - Manager
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Jerry
Ann Staunton ...
Blonde
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Clerk (as Paul Burns)
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Deputy
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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!! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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

Fourth-billed Leslie Brooks does not appear until one hour into the film and sixth-billed Mabel Paige does not show up until the 1:16 mark. 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 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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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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