In flashback from a 'Rebecca'-style beginning: Ellen Foster, visiting her aunt on the California coast, meets neighbor Jeff Cohalan and his ultramodern clifftop house. Ellen is strongly ... See full summary »
As a train speeds through the Arizona night, a man posing as a physician holds up the baggage-car crew and escapes with a $500,000 payroll. The fake doctor, Paul Bruckner, leaves the train ... See full summary »
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
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In "The Man Who Cheated Himself" we find another variation on the 'lawman turned bad' scenario. The Lee J. Cobb character is having an affair with the married Jane Wyatt character. When she becomes involved in a murder, he is caught in the middle.
Wyatt makes an unlikely, but effective femme fatale--a classic example of this noir archetype: icy and calculating. Cobb's character is in more than capable hands. And John Dall does very well as his unsuspecting brother.>
There are several reasonably exciting sequences, but the main feature in this film is the use of San Francisco locations. One can observe the similarities between these locations and the ones chosen seven years later by Hitchcock for "Vertigo". (There is even a rooftop chase with the crepuscular city as backdrop.) And in a later scene, the framing sequence of "Point Blank" might be pre-echoed in what looks like an Alcatraz location.
Worth a look for noir aficionados.
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