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The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)

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A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Lt. Ed Cullen
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Lois Frazer
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Andy Cullen
Lisa Howard ...
Janet Cullen
Harlan Warde ...
Howard Frazer
Tito Vuolo ...
Pietro Capa
Charles Arnt ...
Ernest Quimby (as Charles E. Arnt)
Marjorie Bennett ...
Muriel Quimby
Alan Wells ...
Nito Capa
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Mrs. Capa
Bud Wolfe ...
Officer Blair
Morgan Farley ...
Rushton
Howard Negley ...
Detective Olson
William Gould ...
Doc Munson
Art Millan ...
United Airlines Clerk
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Storyline

Rich Lois Frazer, divorcing her fortune-hunter husband, finds he's bought a gun. Suspecting he plans to kill her, she calls in her lover, who just happens to be Homicide Lieutenant Ed Cullen. When Ed arrives, the gun gets used...and because of his relationship with Lois, Ed is compelled to compound a felony. The good news: Ed himself is assigned to the case. The bad news: Ed's hotshot younger brother Andy, a new- minted detective, is also on the case...and anxious to prove himself. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Film-Noir | Crime | Drama

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26 December 1950 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

L'uomo che ingannò se stesso  »

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Andy Cullen: [trying to understand his brother's involvement in the killing] Why? Why?
Police Lt. Ed Cullen: You said it once, "Under the skin."
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.2 (1957) See more »

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I Felt His Pain
18 February 2013 | by (right here) – See all my reviews

Some viewers are born fans, some achieve fandom and others have fandom thrust upon them. Right, Malvolio? My continually expanding passion, if you can call this insatiable thirst for black and white/old/scratchy films like this one a passion, certainly feels like it has been thrust upon me. I didn't start off loving this stuff because it was just the sort of film my mom and dad would never have let me see as a kid in the 50's. I forget the 60's and was raising kids on the Berenstain Bears and Curious George in the 70's and 80's. Now, here we are in the reclining years and there is the wonder of NOIR exploding on my screen like that meteor busting in on the Russian skies a few days ago. The Man Who Cheated Himself was painlessly easy to watch in spite of the places where the source material suffered from the hiccups, staggers and jags. I liked it very much. Some of the scenes evoked recollections of the camera work in The Third Man, interestingly enough itself made just one year earlier. If you are a noir fan and aren't picky, you'll love this. If you are a critic or anal retentive about only watching films in better condition than before they originally went into the can, well...you may only like it. One objective subjective observation...the writers did a fine job of getting me to the place of feeling younger Cullen's pain. Ouch! :-)


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