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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 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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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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for a woman like this ... a man would do anything ... even murder. See more »

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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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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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Fine Acting and S.F. Locations
29 May 2001 | by (Out there in the dark) – See all my reviews

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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