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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.

Director:

Felix E. Feist

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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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
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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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A unique and powerful drama of a man's weakness and a woman's betrayal ! See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gun See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

John Dall's character, Detective Andy Cullen, drives a 1950 Nash Rambler Custom Convertible. See more »

Goofs

When Janet stops Ed on the street, a reflection of a wavering boom microphone is visible on the hood of Ed's car. See more »

Quotes

Andy Cullen: [trying to understand his brother's involvement in the killing] Why? Why?
Police Lt. Ed Cullen: You said it once, "Under the skin."
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Connections

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

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San Francisco location noir thriller about compromised cop
28 November 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

Those who love San Francisco locations in films will get plenty of joy out of watching all these shots of how it was in 1949. It is eerily predictive of Hitchcock's later 'Vertigo', especially the Fort Point location at the foot of the Golden Gate, so near to where Kim Novak was later to stand (oh eternal moment of mystery and suspense, in the film that might have been called 'The Girl who Never Was'). It was certainly unusual for heavy-jowled and growly Lee J. Cobb to land a leading man role, but here he is, romantic even, grabbing the gal in his arms whenever the opportunity offers and slobbering his great big bear's mouth all over her pretty, pert lips like the beast that is in all of us. And she loves it, spoilt rich brat that she is. (That's part of the plot.) And so, passion triumphs, the honest cop is compromised, covers up for the hysterical beauty and all that ensues can be guessed. The DVD issue has been made from a print with lots of scratches, hiss, and missing frames, so the negative must have disappeared. But at least this 'nice little noir' remains in some form, and is eminently watchable. There are some nice lines: 'The truth can get you twenty years.' But it is a mild thriller, and its locations are its chief recommendation.


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