GenreFilm-Noir, Crime, Drama ProducerJack M. Warner CountryUnited States
Release dateDecember 26, 1950 (1950-12-26) (United States) WriterSeton I. Miller (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (screenplay), Seton I. Miller (story) CastLee J. Cobb (Lt. Ed Cullen), Jane Wyatt (Lois Frazer), John Dall (Andy Cullen), Lisa Howard (Janet Cullen), Harlan Warde (Howard Frazer), Tito Vuolo (Pietro Capa) Similar moviesGilda, Black Angel, D.O.A., The Sniper, Borderline, The File on Thelma Jordon
The man who cheated himself 1950 film noir crime
The Man Who Cheated Himself is a 1950 American crime film noir directed by Felix E. Feist, and starring Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt and John Dall.
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
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
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."