The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)
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as Ed Cullen
as Lois Frazer
as Andy Cullen
as Nito Capa
as Howard Frazer
as Pietro Capa
as Mrs. Capa
as Mr. Quimby
as Mrs. Quimby
as Medical Examiner
as Airport Clerk
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Finally! A movie worth my time watching. It's very good, highly recommendable, and why not, with Lee J. Cobb, it's g-r-e-a-t. Loser title however. AND loser ending (ie crime doesn't pay and extremely good luck by a brother). Now we know why the 70-80% rating. [img]http://img408.imageshack.us/img408/1464/manwhocheated15ca.jpg[/img] SEE the film for yourself at: http://www.archive.org/details/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself I never saw a quality film shot down in the last one minute than this one. Why ruin an entire film with the capture of the suspect? But I guess crime had to pay. We have no less than the great Lee J. Cobb, [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_001200.jpg[/img] a veteran detective who unfortunately has a weakness for women. One, near divorced woman makes him do something he would never do. [gee, haven't we all been there?] [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_002460.jpg[/img] MY, haven't we seen that plot before? But, at least this 2 hour cover up of a murder is worth it. The brother [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_000360.jpg[/img] of our veteran detective is now a detective too. Contrary to all the laws of good sense, he is also assigned to Lee J. Cobb, the veteran detective to learn the trade. HA... what a joke that is. Especially when our veteran Cobb has fallen for a rich and, in the end, loser woman. He's a sucker, let us face it. [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_004680.jpg[/img] The Man Who Cheated Himself is perchance a weird title. Cheated himself out of what? Happiness? Fame? A job? See for yourself and tell ME the significance of this less than creative title. [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_003420.jpg[/img] REVIEWS of the film: 1 Rich Lois Frazer, [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_000600.jpg[/img] 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. [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_003600.jpg[/img] 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, [img]http://ia700401.us.archive.org/4/items/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself.thumbs/Man_Who_Cheated_Himself_002160.jpg[/img] a new- minted detective, is also on the case...and anxious to prove himself. 2 LEONARD MALTIN MOVIE REVIEW: D: Felix E. Feist. Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt, John Dall, Terry Frost. Good cast uplifts typical murder film.[M. Rick says Typical?] 3 One more trip down the bumpy "cop gone bad" road is traveled in The Man Who Cheated Himself. [ M. Rick disagrees, this is not just another cop gone bad] 4 70% Great pace, excellent script, short and sweet. Good photography. Lee J Cobb is well cast, good supporting actors. It always held my interest. [img]http://blip.tv/file/get/Felixxx999-mwch767.flv.jpg[/img]
I should make a list of common film noir scenarios. This one is the "criminal working closely with those trying to solve the crime". See also: Woman in the Window, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Scandal Sheet, and partially Double Indemnity. In this case, Lee J. Cobb is a cop trying to hide his complicity in a murder from his brother (John Dall), a rookie detective. Formulaic, sure, but it's tight and flows very nicely. There seems to be a misunderstanding about how colorblindness works, but otherwise the script is quite satisfying. The photography is fairly bland, except for the thrilling climax in a great location. Nice button at the end, too.
Great pace, excellent script, short and sweet. Good photography. Lee J Cobb is well cast, good supporting actors. It always held my interest.
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