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Hollow Triumph

Released Aug 18, 1948 1h 23m Crime Drama List
Reviews 54% Audience Score 100+ Ratings
Upon his parole from jail, gangster John Muller (Paul Henreid) pulls one final job against a rival mobster and flees to Los Angeles. There, he is mistaken for psychologist Victor Bartok (also Henreid), for whom he is a double except for a scar on Bartok's face. When Bartok's secretary Evelyn (Joan Bennett), who is love with him, mistakes Muller for Bartok, Muller plots to assume his identity. All goes well until Muller mistakenly scars the wrong side of his face, making Evelyn aware of his plan. Read More Read Less

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Dennis Schwartz Dennis Schwartz Movie Reviews Gets over despite an unbelievable plot. Rated: B- Dec 13, 2004 Full Review Read all reviews

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ashley h Hollow Triumph is a fantastic film. It is about John Muller who is pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed. Paul Henreid and Joan Bennet give terrific performance is good but a little slow in places. Steve Sekely did a great job directing this movie. I enjoyed watching this motion picture because of the drama. Hollow Triumph is a must see. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Excellent example of an interesting story albeit a bit convenient . Still I really enjoyed this low budget film noir . 4.5 out of 5. In this forgotten film noir gem, a crook (Paul Heinreid) on the lam after a casino robbery gone wrong thinks he's found the perfect deep cover when he assumes the identity of a psychologist (Heinreid in a double role) who is his perfect double. But when his nefarious scheme to take the innocent doctor's place goes wrong, it proves that in film noir, you can postpone your fate, but you can't escape it. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 01/14/23 Full Review Audience Member Really interesting film noir with, shadowy cinematography, excellent performances and interesting direction. One for fans of the genre. Well done. Rated 5 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Audience Member Cracking good low budget film noir! Direction and acting aren't anything special, though Paul Henreid is solid in the lead. However, the film has a fine gritty script about an ex-con who poses as a lookalike psychiatrist following a heist gone wrong of an underground gambling joint. But even more to the film's benefit is the stark, moody photography by John Alton, who shot other low budget classics like "The Big Combo," "Border Incident" and "Raw Deal." Not a classic, but well worth checking out for fan of film noir. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/31/23 Full Review Audience Member Joan Bennett is terrific as Evelyn and this is the only compliment I can give this movie with an incredibly stupid plot that no one could possibly suspend their disbelief for. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/05/23 Full Review Audience Member Posted in "honor" of Syracuse's game yesterday. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 01/22/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Synopsis Upon his parole from jail, gangster John Muller (Paul Henreid) pulls one final job against a rival mobster and flees to Los Angeles. There, he is mistaken for psychologist Victor Bartok (also Henreid), for whom he is a double except for a scar on Bartok's face. When Bartok's secretary Evelyn (Joan Bennett), who is love with him, mistakes Muller for Bartok, Muller plots to assume his identity. All goes well until Muller mistakenly scars the wrong side of his face, making Evelyn aware of his plan.
Director
Steve Sekely
Production Co
Bryan Foy Productions
Genre
Crime, Drama
Original Language
English
Release Date (Theaters)
Aug 18, 1948, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 1, 2016
Runtime
1h 23m
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