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The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)





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In this film, Lee J. Cobb stars as Ed Cullen, a San Francisco police lieutenant embroiled in a clandestine romance with married socialite Lois Frazer. When Lois kills her husband Howard, the flustered Cullen vows to cover for her. Things get sticky when Cullen is assigned to investigate the case.

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Lee J. Cobb
as Ed Cullen
Jane Wyatt
as Lois Frazer
John Dall
as Andy Cullen
Alan Wells
as Nito Capa
Harlan Warde
as Howard Frazer
Tito Vuolo
as Pietro Capa
Mimi Aguglia
as Mrs. Capa
Charles Arnt
as Mr. Quimby
Marjorie Bennett
as Mrs. Quimby
Bud Wolfe
as Blair
William Gould
as Medical Examiner
Art Milan
as Airport Clerk
Terry Frost
as Detective
Mario Siletti
as Machetti
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Critic Reviews for The Man Who Cheated Himself

All Critics (4)

Under Feist's watchful eye, the film takes the hard-boiled noir and turns it into visual poetry.

June 3, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Within the limitations of this sort of tightly wound melodrama, it delivers an entertaining morsel sure to please fans of noir and postwar unease.

October 2, 2018 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

Thoroughly satisfying film noir.

October 1, 2018 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

An engaging film noir efficiently directed by Felix E. Feist.

January 14, 2005 | Rating: B | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Man Who Cheated Himself


This noir features Cobb as a veteran cop who tangles himself up in a murder case. It fails, interestingly enough, because the writer cannot provide a plausible explanation for Cobb's character breaking the law after convincingly setting him up as an upholder of it. One cannot submit to the fantasy of believing that "this schmuck thinks he can get away with it?!?" I spent the time waiting for Cobb's character to "get real", but it doesn't happen. Oh well.

Kevin M. Williams
Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer


Should have. Would have. Could have. A nice little Film Noir that should have been great if it would have had more Jane Wyatt, who was absolutely great in this picture, and could have unleashed Lee J. Cobb and his famous mercurial temper, but instead underplays his role.

Aldo Gandia
Aldo Gandia

Super Reviewer

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