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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
April 24, 2013
Crooked cop investigates self in Felix Feist film--Noir thriller about a compromised cop!!
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.
January 12, 2011
Excellent for a B movie/noir.
July 2, 2010
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.
½ May 9, 2010
The usual mystery/cover up story where the crime is committed in the first 5 minutes and the rest is just the characters trying to figure out who done it. This time the coverupper is the detective and the one trying to break the case is his younger brother on his first day on the Job.

That was the highlight for me as conflict between Cobb and Dall and Cobb and himself really was written and portrayed well.

There was however a little wink and a smile at the end, perhaps mistakenly, leading me to believe something else is about to ensue but its more likely that it was supposed to be obvious just not very well done. Oh well, Im not going to lose sleep wondering.
Super Reviewer
½ March 15, 2008
THE MAN WHO CHEATED HIMSELF (1950)
directed by Felix E. Feist
starring Lee J. Cobb, John Dall, Jane WyattA man plans everything before leaving on a trip to kill his wife and not be suspected. He and his wife dont have a happy marriage, so she suspects something when she finds a receipt for a gun. She calls her lover, a cop. One things lead to another, she kills her husband and the cop has to hide all traces
of the murder. His brother, a new investigate is the only one a bit too eager about the case and is a bit too suspicious, leading him to uncompromising conclusion.The Man Who Cheated Himself tells a classic story, we've seen that one redone many times, so we can see the ending coming. Its really is a film noir plot, involving a murder and the hero does everything for the love of a woman, even though we dont really feel he has that much strong feelings for her. Anyways, its the 50's, the acting skills, or technic were different a bit.Then ending is very much similar to Carol Reed's The Third Man in the tunnels, so it lacks originality. Despite of it all, The Man Who Cheated Himself has interesting performances, some good storytelling and a cool title. Decent.
½ March 9, 2008
Top notch, underrated noir.
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.
August 11, 2007
BRILL.....OLDIE......
½ July 22, 2007
This is a decent film noir. This film has a good performance by Lee J Cobb, I had never heard of him before.
July 19, 2007
All CLASSICS are GOOD
July 2, 2007
Good, light noir entertainment.
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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