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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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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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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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for a woman like this ... a man would do anything ... even murder. See more »

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Crime | Drama | Film-Noir

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26 December 1950 (USA)  »

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The Gun  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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

Police Lt. Ed Cullen: [to Ed] Better learn one thing: never take a case to bed.
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Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.2 (1957) See more »

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Medium noir
1 March 2011 | by See all my reviews

Fairly good noir movie is mainly carried on Lee J. Cobb's ample shoulders. His physique and gruff attitude are tailor-made for the genre. Unfortunately Jane Wyatt doesn't quite cut it as the requisite femme fatale for which he sacrifices his career. Since this is a dramatically vital plot point it weakens the entire movie. Mary Astor would have played this to perfection. It also contains too many sluggish scenes that either slow down the pace or lead nowhere. And the end is anticlimactic to say the least. On the plus side the movie has the right noir feel, although it lacks the necessary suspense and mental anguish to be truly gripping. Also both Cobb and Dall are fine as the two cop brothers. Noir fans should certainly check this one out, flawed as it is.


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