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½ January 15, 2015
a fair to good B movie film noir set in San Francisco,a femme fataile,and good noir lighting make this film worth a watch
September 12, 2012
Although it has some flaws in its detailed investigation plot, the movie is simply marvelous in the sense of great acting shown by both Lee J. Cobb and John Dall. Unfortunately, the one person who simply downgrades the whole experience is Jane Wyatt, with her bleak and perfectly miserable performance as a woman, who lures every man into her hellish paradise with a promise of happiness with a lot of money. When she impulsively shoots her husband, the only person who is able to help her is the oh-so-in-love police lieutenant Ed Cullen. Lucky for them, he is assigned to the case. Unlucky for them, so is his young and ambitious brother Andy. And step by step, he unravels the whole conspiracy and starts to pinpoint in the way of the true murderer. A very fine and climatic finale, shot in the abandoned, old prison. A suspenseful noir, which comes as a true, free gem, offered by the internet archive.
½ March 7, 2008
Great pace, excellent script, short and sweet. Good photography. Lee J Cobb is well cast, good supporting actors. It always held my interest.
½ March 20, 2007
The Man Who Cheated Himself
Starring: Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, and Jane Wyatt
Director: Felix E. Feist


Homicide detective Ed Cullen (Cobb) puts his skills to use to cover for a killer when his married girlfriend, Lois (Wyatt), guns down her husband. But will he be able to keep the deceit hdden from his new partner, a bright rookie detective who also happens to be his brother (Dall)?

"The Man Who Cheated Himself" is a very well-done movie. It's got a nice, dramatic script of the film-noir variety that unfolds in a mostly believable fashion and at a perfect pace; it's got well-crafted dialogue being delivered be competent actors giving believable performances; and it's got a detective who actually works a mystery without the aid of plot-aided leaps of logic. It might be worth an 8-rating if the set-up didn't feel a bit forced.

Perhaps it's misplaced gallatry on the part of Cullen, but given the cirucmstances of the killing he witnesses, the smart (and even the only rational) thing for him to have done was to report the shooting Yes, there would have been scandal, but even as soon as immediately after the shooting, Cullen could provide all the evidence a competent lawyer would need to get Lois off scott-free: The husband was planning to kill [i]her[/i] and the shooting was a cross between accidental and self-defense... and Cullen should have been smart enough to let things stand as they truly were.

But, if Cullen didn't try to disconnect Lois from the crime, there wouldn't be a movie (or, at least, there would have been a very different movie). Despite its shaky foundation, "The Man Who Cheated Himself" delivers plenty of entertainment for fans of film-noir and classic crime dramas. (The cat-and-mouse sequence near the Golden Gate Bridge--and the use of San Francisco as a backdrop in general--goes a long way to make up for the main character's odd behavior to get the story going.)
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