The Man Who Cheated Himself

Overview

Lee J. Cobb stars as Ed Cullen, a San Francisco police lieutenant, embroiled in a clandestine romance with married socialite Lois Frazer Jane Wyatt. When Lois kills her husband Howard Harlan Warde, the flustered Cullen vows to cover for her. He arranges the evidence to suggest that Howard was shot during a robbery. Things get sticky when Cullen is assigned to investigate the case, together with his more honest younger brother Andy John Dall. How can Cullen escape detection without destroying his brother's ...
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Overview

Lee J. Cobb stars as Ed Cullen, a San Francisco police lieutenant, embroiled in a clandestine romance with married socialite Lois Frazer Jane Wyatt. When Lois kills her husband Howard Harlan Warde, the flustered Cullen vows to cover for her. He arranges the evidence to suggest that Howard was shot during a robbery. Things get sticky when Cullen is assigned to investigate the case, together with his more honest younger brother Andy John Dall. How can Cullen escape detection without destroying his brother's standing with the force? Man Who Cheated Himself is worth seeing if only to watch Jane Wyatt play against her established screen image.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Despite one dreadful piece of miscasting, The Man Who Cheated Himself emerges as an interesting and entertaining film noir, a "second tier" noir that deserves to be better known. (The title doesn't really fit the story to a T, but it's a great title nonetheless.) Felix E. Feist directs with all the requisite tension and atmosphere, pulling the viewer in and leading him along in a perfect, acceptable manipulative fashion. Feist's direction lacks some of the great flourishes of the masters of the genre, but it's more than competent and gets no complaints from this corner. Lee J. Cobb gives a very solid performance in the lead, as Lt. Ed Cullen, capturing the conflicting aspects of the character and making him sympathetic, even as he treads down the path of murder. John Dall does well as Cobb's younger brother, Andy, who makes the shocking realization that Cobb is his prey and that he must capture him, no matter what, and Lisa Howard and Alan Wells turn in fine support as Janet and Nito. The crucial piece of miscasting is in Jane Wyatt, cast very much against type as the story's femme fatale and failing miserably to carry it off. It's an annoying, mannered performance, and her lack of believability damages the core of the film, as one cannot imagine Cobb risking everything for her. Wyatt's performance gives an unintended meaning to the title -- that Cobb's character cheated himself by falling for someone so unappealing.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/9/2014
  • UPC: 874757040998
  • Original Release: 1950
  • Rating:

  • Source: Filmchest
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:21:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 87,586

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lee J. Cobb Ed Cullen
John Dall Andy Cullen
Jane Wyatt Lois Frazer
Lisa Howard Janet
Alan Wells Nito Capa
Harlan Warde Howard Frazer
Tito Vuolo Pietro Capa
Mimi Aguglia Mrs. Capa
Charles Arnt Mr. Quimby
Marjorie Bennett Mrs. Quimby
Bud Wolfe Blair
Morgan Farley Rushton
Howard Negley Olson
William Gould Medical Examiner
Gordon Richards Butler
Terry Frost Detective
Mario Siletti Machetti
Charles Victor Attorney
Technical Credits
Felix E. Feist Director
Louis Forbes Score Composer
Russell Harlan Cinematographer
Philip MacDonald Screenwriter
Seton Miller Screenwriter
Van Nest Polglase Production Designer
Jack M. Warner Producer
David Weisbart Editor
Rex Wimpy Special Effects
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