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Hollow Triumph (1948)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 3 February 1949 (Mexico)
Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

Directors:

Steve Sekely, Paul Henreid (uncredited)

Writers:

Daniel Fuchs (screenplay), Murray Forbes (based upon a novel by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Paul Henreid ... John Muller / Dr. Bartok
Joan Bennett ... Evelyn Hahn
Eduard Franz ... Frederick Muller
Leslie Brooks ... Virginia Taylor
John Qualen ... Swangron
Mabel Paige ... Charwoman
Herbert Rudley ... Marcy
Charles Arnt ... Coblenz
George Chandler ... Aubrey - Assistant
Sid Tomack Sid Tomack ... Artell - Manager
Alvin Hammer ... Jerry
Ann Staunton Ann Staunton ... Blonde
Paul E. Burns ... Clerk (as Paul Burns)
Charles Trowbridge ... Deputy
Morgan Farley ... Howard Anderson
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Storyline

John Muller, medical school dropout and brilliant crook, plans a holdup which goes a little bit wrong, and finds vindictive gambler Rocky Stansyck after him. At the end of his tether, he stumbles onto a lucky chance to assume an impenetrable new identity as psychiatrist Victor Bartok. But irony piles on as Muller finds it's out of the frying pan, into the fire. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Taglines:

""I'm sick and tired of being wise, rotten and dirty"! (original print ad) See more »


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 February 1949 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

The Man Who Murdered Himself See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Bryan Foy Productions See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Film debut of Thomas Browne Henry. See more »

Goofs

When Muller is looking over the doctor's bank statement for the month of February, 1948, several entry dates fall on a Sunday when the bank would have been closed - February 1, 8, and 15 to be exact. See more »

Quotes

Evelyn Hahn: It's a bitter little world full of sad surprises, and you don't let anyone hurt you.
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Soundtracks

Blue Danube Waltz
(uncredited)
Written by Johann Strauss
Whistled by Muller's workmate at the garage
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Terrific hard-boiled double-identity thriller in the noir genre
7 November 2007 | by robert-temple-1See all my reviews

Paul Henreid produced this film in which he starred, eerily portraying a totally amoral man who does not see anything at all wrong with the occasional murder, as long as he 'needs to do it'. John Bennett delivers an equally powerful performance of a woman who, although not good, is certainly not bad, and it is curious that this study of a woman's fixation on a bad man through infatuation was made in the same year as 'Force of Evil' which showed an even more extreme form of that. It must have been 'beauty and the beast' year. The ingenious plot concerns a double-identity, so there are two major threads of intrigue going on at once. Needless to say, Joan Bennett is involved with both Henreids, but prefers the baddie because he is more spellbinding and, let's face it, far from boring. This is a well-directed, sometimes brutal, atmospheric thriller which is something of a lost classic. It is now available on DVD under its alternative title of 'The Scar', which is a most unfortunate title, as people don't like scars (even though there is one in the story). Joan Bennett was really made for these films, as she proved in 'The Woman in the Window' and 'Scarlet Street' for instance. There is something ambiguous about her, something hard that is soft, you can't quite figure her. That's just right for noir. You should never be able to figure noir, everything should stay in the shadows where it belongs. The thing about a good thriller like this is, the mystery goes beyond the story itself and becomes the mystery of people themselves, what is it that goes on inside heads, those impenetrable citadels of secrets.


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