The Man Who Cheated Himself

Here is the basic plot of this film from Wikipedia:

Wealthy socialite Lois Frazer, divorcing her fortune-hunter husband, Howard, finds a gun he’s bought. She kills him with it in front of the new man in her life, Lt. Ed Cullen, a homicide detective with the San Francisco police. The twice-married Lois manages to manipulate Cullen into disposing of the murder weapon and moving the body. Cullen ends up investigating the case, assisted by kid brother Andy, who is new to the homicide division and delays his honeymoon to keep working on his first big case.

As with yesterday’s film, this was a well-paced, no-nonsense film, with great acting and superb cinematography. This was filmed in 1950 San Francisco, so the outdoor shots were great to see.

Lee J. Cobb starred in this, he was most excellent. You will remember his from films like 12 Angry Men, and The Exorcist. He died the day before fellow The Exorcist actor Sal Mineo was murdered in 1976. The expressions on his face in the final scene as he realises he has been cast aside and left hung to dry by his treacherous lover (played by Spock’s mother from the original Star Trek TV series) is gold.

It looks like I will be on crime noir films for a while longer, there are several that I have lined up to watch.

FYI: Tom Cruise was born ten years after this film was made. So, in honour of the Cruiser, I will try to find a 1960 crime film to watch next.

Date watched: November 17th
Score: 8/10
Film count 2016: 181


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