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The Man Who Cheated Himself

Released Dec 26, 1950 1h 26m Crime Drama List
100% Tomatometer 7 Reviews 52% Audience Score 250+ Ratings
A woman (Jane Wyatt) in the process of divorce shoots her husband and gets her police lieutenant boyfriend (Lee J. Cobb) to help hide the body. Read More Read Less

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Sean Axmaker Stream on Demand Director Felix Feist, a noir veteran, directs this independently-made film noir shot on location in San Francisco with brisk efficiency, moving it along its paces and taking the camera out of the studio and into the city. Dec 3, 2022 Full Review David Nusair Reel Film Reviews ...a terrific premise that is, for the most part, employed to engaging and thoroughly satisfying effect by Feist... Rated: 3/4 Nov 19, 2022 Full Review Scott Nye Battleship Pretension Fantastic by-the-numbers noir. Dec 8, 2020 Full Review Mattie Lucas From the Front Row Under Feist's watchful eye, the film takes the hard-boiled noir and turns it into visual poetry. Rated: 3/4 Jun 3, 2019 Full Review Jeffrey M. Anderson Combustible Celluloid Thoroughly satisfying film noir. Rated: 4/4 Oct 2, 2018 Full Review Michael Barrett PopMatters Within the limitations of this sort of tightly wound melodrama, it delivers an entertaining morsel sure to please fans of noir and postwar unease. Rated: 6/10 Oct 2, 2018 Full Review Read all reviews

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Billy L awesome film .. todays films can't compare Rated 5 out of 5 stars 08/03/23 Full Review Bill B Surprisingly, I very much enjoyed this. Cobb plays his character with a stoic realism that others might have overplayed. Dall was a fine actor that was underutilized in his career, and Wyatt was terrific. Good plot. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 05/28/23 Full Review Deke P 1950. Great critics reviews! But middling current audience reviews cuz they don't appreciate B&W & old movies in old style. Good murder suspense crime detective drama. Good views of 1950 Frisco. Note to sef, watch yet again and pay ticular attention to large middle section. Watched it 3.23.23 on the tv screen. Saw it again, 7.9.23. Also stqrred JANE WYATT, the mother on the old FATHER KNOWS BEST tv series. She glookn in 19fiddy. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 07/10/23 Full Review don k Once we get past the romantically drippy dialog of the two leading couples, the movie begins to wind and unwind in a tense back-and-forth dance between the two leading men, Lee J Cobb and John Dall. As the tension builds, so does the cinematography. Truly outstanding uses of black and white throughout, and each frame of the final scenes at Fort Point is spectacular—even Hitchcock would have been awed. The plot is a bit too obvious and the dialog too conventional for today's tastes, but the direction, sets, location (San Francisco), editing and Cobb's performance rise to timelessness. The cinematography, which masterfully stitches all scenes together, swells to uncommon artfulness with a daring sublimity—hence, the high star rating. Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member The comically bad colorization of the version I saw made it hard to judge the film objectively. If you're going to watch this, find a print in the original black and white. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/17/23 Full Review paul d This is a compelling noir crime drama from 1950, with a very good LJ Cobb, a chilling, manipulative Jane Wyman, and a very convincing John Doll as Cobb's brother and a straight-arrow detective. Lisa Howard is a bright presence in a smaller role. This is a very good movie, with a plot that invites good storytelling, but It misses a couple of things that could have made it great. First, although it has plenty of good cinematography, it doesn't have any shots that are so dramatic or inspiring that they rise to a higher artistic level. Second, there isn't enough sexual and dramatic tension at the beginning of the picture to explain how Cobb's character could abandon his professional duties to cover up a murder. The film is a compact 82 minutes, and perhaps another ten minutes at the beginning to develop Wyman's character more, and her relationship with Cobb, could have made it convincing. Among the movie's nice touches are many shots of a beautiful San Francisco and many convincing scenes with Italian immigrants (speaking genuine Italian!). Lot's of these same San Francisco scenes would come back to colorful life eight years later in Hitchcock's magnificent Vertigo. Unfortunately, there is also a continuity mistake that really stuck out for me (and probably for other car buffs), namely the switching in mid-film of Cobb's Chevrolet with a Nash. Yet because the car has a central role in the film's plot, this mistake really is inexcusable. Rated 3.5 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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Movie Info

Synopsis A woman (Jane Wyatt) in the process of divorce shoots her husband and gets her police lieutenant boyfriend (Lee J. Cobb) to help hide the body.
Felix E. Feist
Jack M. Warner
Production Co
Phoenix Film
Crime, Drama
Original Language
Release Date (Theaters)
Dec 26, 1950, Limited
Release Date (Streaming)
Jul 16, 2016
1h 26m
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