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Hollow Triumph (The Scar)
     

Hollow Triumph (The Scar)

Director: Steve Sekely,

Cast: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz

 

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John Muller (Paul Henreid), an intelligent, arrogant criminal who has been a medical student and a phony psychoanalyst, believes that people are only interested in themselves and do not notice what is happening around them. Paroled from prison to a boring job, Muller is more interested in a big score, and along with his old cronies robs a crooked gambling joint owned

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John Muller (Paul Henreid), an intelligent, arrogant criminal who has been a medical student and a phony psychoanalyst, believes that people are only interested in themselves and do not notice what is happening around them. Paroled from prison to a boring job, Muller is more interested in a big score, and along with his old cronies robs a crooked gambling joint owned by Rocky Stansyck (Thomas Brown Henry). Although he gets away with the money, some of his men are caught by Stansyck and identify John as the ringleader. On the run from Stansyck's gang, he is mistaken for Dr. Bartok, a psychiatrist also played by Henreid. Curious, Muller goes to the doctor's office, and meets Bartok's secretary and lover, Evelyn Nash (Joan Bennett). Needing to avoid capture, he assumes Bartok's identity, but first must scar his face like the doctor's. Working from a photograph printed from a reversed negative, he applies the scar to the wrong side. Though fooled at first, when Evelyn discovers the truth, she decides to leave, although she is in love with Muller/Bartok. Steve Sekely's Hollow Triumph (aka The Scar) is a film that requires an exceptionally hefty suspension of disbelief in its reliance on coincidence and the literal acceptance of Muller's cynical view of human blindness.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
A taut and effective little film noir, The Scar is a lesser known gem that deserves a wider following. Scar is far from perfect, mind you. For one thing, the story is one of those which is built on coincidences, far too many and of too far fetched a sort to be even remotely plausible. This alone will be a major hurdle for some viewers, but there's also the problem of the central gimmick: that too few people realize that the scar which the protagonist inflicts upon himself is on the wrong side of the face. However, if one is willing to overlook these flaws, Scar has is very rewarding. Paul Henreid turns in a classic dual performance, playing both the murderer and his victim and making them both distinct and yet also giving them an indefinable similarity that goes beyond the obvious physical. It's a shrewd and commanding performance and it is a major asset. Also of benefit is Joan Bennett's fine portrayal of a woman who is simultaneously world weary and openly vulnerable to being fooled in pursuit of love. Although the film can't escape a rather low budget look, director Steve Sekely helms it with style and John Alton's compelling cinematography is forceful and evocative. The ending is also a beaut; it's one of those incredible coincidences mentioned earlier, but for those willing to accept it, it packs a punch.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/11/2014
UPC:
0874757049496
Original Release:
1948
Rating:
NR
Source:
Film Chest
Region Code:
0
Presentation:
[B&W]
Time:
1:23:00
Sales rank:
31,289

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Performance Credits
Paul Henreid John Muller
Joan Bennett Evelyn Nash
Eduard Franz Frederick Muller
Leslie Brooks Virginia Taylor
John Qualen Swangron
Mabel Paige Charwoman
Herbert Rudley Marcy
Charles Arnt Coblenz
George Chandler Aubrey the Assistant
Sid Tomack Artell the Manager
Alvin Hammer Jerry
Paul E. Burns Clerk
Charles Trowbridge Deputy
Morgan Farley Howard Anderson
Robert Bice Actor
Dulce Daye Woman
Renny McEvoy Clerk
Cyril Ring Croupier
Dick Wessel Sidekick
Lulu Mae Bohrman Guest
Jeanne Blackford Actor
Robert Ben Ali Rosie
Ann Staunton Blonde
Mack Williams Cashier
Joel Friedkin Williams
Benny Rubin Cabbie
Jerry Marlowe Hiker
Cliff Clark Man
Eddie Dunn Man
Constance Purdy Mrs. Neyhmer
Carmencita Johnson Elevator Operator
Lucien Littlefield Davis
Norma Varden Mrs. Gerry
Catherine Doucet Mrs. Nielsen
Babe London Lady with Orchid
Florence Wix Guest
Sam Finn Patron
Joaquin Elizondo Housekeeper
Felice Ingersoll Woman
Lyle Latell Official
Ray Bennett Man
Nolan Leary Newcomer
Vera Marshe Woman
Sayre Dearing Man
Henry Brandon Big Boy
Bud Wolfe Al
Thomas Brown Henry Rocky Stansyck
Jack Webb Bullseye
Franklin Farnum Big Winner
Philip Morris Doorman
Cay Forrester Nurse

Technical Credits
Steve Sekely Director
Fred Allen Editor
John Alton Cinematographer
Frank Durlauf Art Director
Bryan Foy Executive Producer
Irving Friedman Musical Direction/Supervision
Daniel Fuchs Screenwriter
Paul Henreid Producer
Edward Ilou Art Director
Sol Kaplan Score Composer
Armor E. Marlowe Set Decoration/Design
Kay Nelson Costumes/Costume Designer
Clarence I. Steensen Set Decoration/Design
George J. Teague Special Effects
Ern Westmore Makeup
Frank Westmore Makeup

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Hollow Triumph
1. Chapter 1 [12:48]
2. Chapter 2 [14:10]
3. Chapter 3 [12:31]
4. Chapter 4 [12:27]
5. Chapter 5 [11:19]
6. Chapter 6 [19:02]

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