The Man Who Cheated Himself Reviews
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.
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.
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.)