6.9/10
1,354
36 user 13 critic

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.

Director:

Felix E. Feist

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Watch Now

With Prime Video

ON DISC
ALL

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Roadblock (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman
Pitfall (1948)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Married insurance adjuster John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and all suffer serious consequences as a result.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt
Desperate (1947)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A young married couple flee both police and a gangster out for revenge.

Director: Anthony Mann
Stars: Steve Brodie, Audrey Long, Raymond Burr
The Threat (1949)
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Vicious hood 'Red' Kluger escapes from Folsom Prison and carries through on his threats to the detective who arrested him and the D.A. who got him convicted.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Michael O'Shea, Virginia Grey, Charles McGraw
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman
Conflict (1945)
Certificate: Passed Drama | Film-Noir | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

An engineer trapped in an unhappy marriage murders his wife in the hope of marrying her younger sister.

Director: Curtis Bernhardt
Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Alexis Smith, Sydney Greenstreet
Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Bill Williams, Barbara Hale, Richard Quine
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Paul Henreid
Stars: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz
Crime Wave (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk
Certificate: Passed Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Homicide detective Mike Conovan investigates the shooting of fellow detective Monigan...who apparrently was moonlighting as guard for a bookie. He finds that all the bookies in town are ... See full summary »

Director: Roy Rowland
Stars: Van Johnson, Arlene Dahl, Gloria DeHaven
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee J. Cobb ... Lt. Ed Cullen
Jane Wyatt ... Lois Frazer
John Dall ... 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
Mimi Aguglia ... Mrs. Capa
Bud Wolfe Bud Wolfe ... Officer Blair
Morgan Farley ... Rushton
Howard Negley ... Detective Olson
William Gould ... Doc Munson
Art Millan Art Millan ... United Airlines Clerk
Edit

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>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

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


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gun See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Lisa Howard, who was married to director Felix Feist, went on to greater fame as a journalist who scored key early interviews with Khrushchev and Castro. 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

Andy Cullen: This is my first time out. How am I doin'?
Police Lt. Ed Cullen: All right, kid. Do any better, and I'll be out of a job.
See more »

Connections

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

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Pretty Good "B" Noir
9 February 2015 | by psych-shawnSee all my reviews

For a "B" film, "The Man Who Cheated Himself" is very well done. The script is pretty good, Lee J. Cobb is terrific as a world-weary police lieutenant who gets tangled in a web of lies.

John Dall plays his "newly-promoted, determined-to-make-good" younger brother and partner competently.

The primary flaw with the film is Jane Wyatt who overacts the part of the femme fatale. Someone like Gloria Grahame or Lizabeth Scott would have been perfect.

The ending was a bit abrupt, but gave a fitting film noir conclusion to the proceedings. All in all, well-worth watching despite these small flaws.


2 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 36 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed