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The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 December 1950 (USA)
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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Lisa Howard ...
Janet Cullen
Harlan Warde ...
Howard Frazer
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Pietro Capa
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Ernest Quimby (as Charles E. Arnt)
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Muriel Quimby
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Nito Capa
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Mrs. Capa
Bud Wolfe ...
Officer Blair
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Rushton
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Detective Olson
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Doc Munson
Art Millan ...
United Airlines Clerk
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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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A unique and powerful drama of a man's weakness and a woman's betrayal ! See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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26 December 1950 (USA)  »

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First feature produced by Jack M. Warner, Jack L.'s son. See more »

Goofs

When she calls headquarters looking for her husband, Janet asks for "Lieutenant Cullum." But that's her brother-in-law; she should have asked for "Detective Cullum." See more »

Quotes

Lois Frazer: Say something! Think of something! You know the truth!
Police Lt. Ed Cullen: The truth can get you twenty years!
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Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.2 (1957) See more »

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San Francisco location noir thriller about compromised cop
28 November 2007 | by See all my reviews

Those who love San Francisco locations in films will get plenty of joy out of watching all these shots of how it was in 1949. It is eerily predictive of Hitchcock's later 'Vertigo', especially the Fort Point location at the foot of the Golden Gate, so near to where Kim Novak was later to stand (oh eternal moment of mystery and suspense, in the film that might have been called 'The Girl who Never Was'). It was certainly unusual for heavy-jowled and growly Lee J. Cobb to land a leading man role, but here he is, romantic even, grabbing the gal in his arms whenever the opportunity offers and slobbering his great big bear's mouth all over her pretty, pert lips like the beast that is in all of us. And she loves it, spoilt rich brat that she is. (That's part of the plot.) And so, passion triumphs, the honest cop is compromised, covers up for the hysterical beauty and all that ensues can be guessed. The DVD issue has been made from a print with lots of scratches, hiss, and missing frames, so the negative must have disappeared. But at least this 'nice little noir' remains in some form, and is eminently watchable. There are some nice lines: 'The truth can get you twenty years.' But it is a mild thriller, and its locations are its chief recommendation.


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