|The Man Who Cheated Himself|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Felix E. Feist|
|Produced by||Jack M. Warner|
|Screenplay by||Seton I. Miller|
|Story by||Seton I. Miller|
|Starring||Lee J. Cobb|
|Music by||Louis Forbes|
|Edited by||David Weisbart|
Jack M. Warner Productions
|Distributed by||20th Century-Fox|
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.
The gun is found and used in another killing by a young punk, Nito Capa, so all Cullen can think to do is try to pin both crimes on him. Andy Cullen keeps connecting Ed to the first murder, however, catching him in a number of lies. Ed ties and gags Andy and tells Lois they need to flee. Roadblocks seal off the city, but Andy has a hunch where Ed took the woman to hide, at Fort Point under the Golden Gate Bridge, and soon they are under arrest. Outside the courtroom, Ed overhears the amoral Lois offering to do anything for her lawyer if he can keep her from being convicted.
- Lee J. Cobb as Lt. Edward Cullen
- Jane Wyatt as Lois Frazer
- John Dall as Andy Cullen
- Lisa Howard as Janet Cullen
- Harlan Warde as Howard Frazer
- Tito Vuolo as Pietro Capa
- Charles Arnt as Ernest Quimby
- Marjorie Bennett as Muriel Quimby
- Alan Wells as Nito Capa
- Mimi Aguglia as Mrs. Capa
- Bud Wolfe as Officer Blair
- Morgan Farley as Rushton
- Howard Negley as Detective Olson
- William Gould as Doc Munson
- Terry Frost as Detective
- Mario Siletti as Machetti
- Charles Victor as Attorney
The film was known as The Gun. It was the first independent production from Jack M Warner and started filming on location in San Francisco on 15 May 1950. It was to be distributed by United Artists. It was Lee J Cobb's first film since his Broadway success in Death of a Salesman.
The film was shot at General Service Studio.
Film critic Dennis Schwartz gave the film a positive review, writing, "In an engaging film noir efficiently directed by Felix E. Feist ... The Man Who Cheated Himself is the perfect film for the beginning of the bland Eisenhower years."
- HOLLYWOOD WARNED: FRIGHTENED LADY By THOMAS F. BRADY. New York Times 18 June 1950: X5.
- The Man Who Cheated Himself at the TCM Movie Database.
- BOGART AND LORD BUY 'BUTCHER BIRD' New York Times 1 May 1950: 18.
- THREE NEW MOVIES ON AGENDA AT FOX New York Times 2 Aug 1950: 40.
- BY WAY OF REPORT. New York Times 27 Aug 1950: X5.
- Schwartz, Dennis. Ozus' World Movie Reviews, film review, January 15, 2005. Accessed: July 14, 2013.
- The Man Who Cheated Himself at the American Film Institute Catalog
- The Man Who Cheated Himself on IMDb
- The Man Who Cheated Himself at AllMovie
- The Man Who Cheated Himself at the TCM Movie Database
- The Man Who Cheated Himself informational site and DVD review at DVD Beaver (includes images)
- The Man Who Cheated Himself is available for free download at the Internet Archive