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Hollow Triumph (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 February 1949 (Mexico)
Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller assumes a new identity - with unfortunate results.

Directors:

Steve Sekely, Paul Henreid (uncredited)

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Murray Forbes (based upon a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Henreid ... John Muller / Dr. Bartok
Joan Bennett ... Evelyn Hahn
Eduard Franz ... Frederick Muller
Leslie Brooks ... Virginia Taylor
John Qualen ... Swangron
Mabel Paige ... Charwoman
Herbert Rudley ... Marcy
Charles Arnt ... Coblenz
George Chandler ... Aubrey - Assistant
Sid Tomack ... Artell - Manager
Alvin Hammer ... Jerry
Ann Staunton ... Blonde
Paul E. Burns ... Clerk (as Paul Burns)
Charles Trowbridge ... Deputy
Morgan Farley ... Howard Anderson
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Storyline

John Muller, medical school dropout and brilliant crook, plans a holdup which goes a little bit wrong, and finds vindictive gambler Rocky Stansyck after him. At the end of his tether, he stumbles onto a lucky chance to assume an impenetrable new identity as psychiatrist Victor Bartok. But irony piles on as Muller finds it's out of the frying pan, into the fire. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Love couldn't hide the secret of his past...or shield them for the end of their future! See more »


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Trivia

Film debut of Thomas Browne Henry. See more »

Goofs

Pre-WWII stock footage of the taxicab that is taking Paul Henreid to the ship includes shots of a taxicab much older than the one which finally pulls up at the dock. See more »

Quotes

John Muller: What happened? Did he hurt you?
Evelyn Hahn: Do I look hurt?
John Muller: I should say you do.
Evelyn Hahn: Well, don't fool yourself. You don't get hurt these days.
John Muller: No?
Evelyn Hahn: No. It's very simple. You never expect anything, so you're never disappointed.
John Muller: You're a bitter little lady.
Evelyn Hahn: It's a bitter little world full of sad surprises, and you don't go around letting people hurt you.
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Soundtracks

Blue Danube Waltz
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Whistled by Muller's workmate at the garage
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Zingy Noir With A Pulpy Ending
14 April 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Lovers of noir will want to check this unusual entry featuring Casablanca's Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) in a rare heavy role. One of those cautionary tales which amply illustrates how it's often better to stay on your own shabby lawn than to traipse across the seemingly greener grass of the neighbors. A tad slow at times but it builds to the nice and twisty (if inevitable) climax.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1949 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Murdered Himself See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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