6.8/10
1,484
42 user 14 critic

The Man Who Cheated Himself (1950)

Approved | | Crime, Drama, Film-Noir | 26 December 1950 (USA)
A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.

Director:

Felix E. Feist

Writers:

Seton I. Miller (screenplay), Philip MacDonald (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
Reviews

Photos

Learn more

More Like This 

Roadblock (1951)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Honest LA insurance detective Joe Peters becomes corrupt after falling in love with sensual gold-digger model Diane.

Director: Harold Daniels
Stars: Charles McGraw, Joan Dixon, Lowell Gilmore
Certificate: Passed Action | Adventure | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A well-planned robbery goes awry, with tough cop Cordell in pursuit.

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Charles McGraw, Adele Jergens, William Talman
Pitfall (1948)
Crime | Film-Noir | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Married insurance adjuster John Forbes falls for femme fatale Mona Stevens while her boyfriend is in jail and all suffer serious consequences as a result.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Dick Powell, Lizabeth Scott, Jane Wyatt
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Frank Johnson flees police after becoming an eyewitness to murder. He is pursued around scenic San Francisco by his wife, a reporter, the police, and - the murderer.

Director: Norman Foster
Stars: Ann Sheridan, Dennis O'Keefe, Robert Keith
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Through a fluke circumstance a ruthless woman stumbles across a suitcase filled with $60,000, and she is determined to hold onto it even if it means murder.

Director: Byron Haskin
Stars: Lizabeth Scott, Don DeFore, Dan Duryea
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Johnny Kelly, who plans on resigning from the police force and leaving his wife the next day, has a very eventful last night on duty.

Director: John H. Auer
Stars: Gig Young, Mala Powers, William Talman
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

Directors: Steve Sekely, Paul Henreid
Stars: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Eduard Franz
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

Law-abiding Jimmy Ferguson soon regrets giving a ride to killer Steve Morgan.

Director: Felix E. Feist
Stars: Lawrence Tierney, Ted North, Nan Leslie
Blonde Ice (1948)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A society reporter keeps herself in the headlines by marrying a series of wealthy men, all of whom die under mysterious circumstances.

Director: Jack Bernhard
Stars: Robert Paige, Leslie Brooks, Russ Vincent
Crime Wave (1953)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

Reformed parolee Steve Lacey is caught in the middle when a wounded former cellmate seeks him out for shelter.

Director: André De Toth
Stars: Gene Nelson, Sterling Hayden, Phyllis Kirk
Certificate: C Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Jim Fletcher, waking up from a coma, finds he is to be given a court martial for treason and charged with informing on fellow inmates in a Japanese prison camp during WWII. Escaping from ... See full summary »

Director: Richard Fleischer
Stars: Bill Williams, Barbara Hale, Richard Quine
The Pretender (1947)
Crime | Drama | Film-Noir
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Kenneth Holden (Albert Dekker), a banker, steals funds from an estate and decides to marry the heiress, Claire Worthington (Catherine Craig), to safeguard his position. He arranges for her ... See full summary »

Director: W. Lee Wilder
Stars: Albert Dekker, Catherine Craig, Charles Drake
Edit

Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Lee 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
Charles Arnt ... Ernest Quimby (as Charles E. Arnt)
Marjorie Bennett ... Muriel Quimby
Alan Wells ... Nito Capa
Mimi Aguglia ... Mrs. Capa
Bud Wolfe Bud Wolfe ... Officer Blair
Morgan Farley ... Rushton
Howard Negley ... Detective Olson
William Gould ... Doc Munson
Art Millan Art Millan ... United Airlines Clerk
Edit

Storyline

Rich Lois Frazer, divorcing her fortune-hunter husband, finds he's bought a gun. Suspecting he plans to kill her, she calls in her lover, who just happens to be Homicide Lieutenant Ed Cullen. When Ed arrives, the gun gets used...and because of his relationship with Lois, Ed is compelled to compound a felony. The good news: Ed himself is assigned to the case. The bad news: Ed's hotshot younger brother Andy, a new- minted detective, is also on the case...and anxious to prove himself. Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

for a woman like this ... a man would do anything ... even murder. See more »


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »
Edit

Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English | Italian

Release Date:

26 December 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Gun See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See full technical specs »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Ed drives a 1950 Chevrolet Fleetline Deluxe. The car he tries to flee in is a 1950 Nash Ambassador. See more »

Goofs

When Janet stops Ed on the street, a reflection of a wavering boom microphone is visible on the hood of Ed's car. See more »

Quotes

Andy Cullen: This is my first time out. How am I doin'?
Police Lt. Ed Cullen: All right, kid. Do any better, and I'll be out of a job.
See more »

Connections

Referenced in You Bet Your Life: Episode #8.2 (1957) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Opposite Intentions
20 August 2019 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

Andy Cullen (John Dall), the rookie detective and brother of the homicide Lt. Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb), is assigned to work with him. Andy will marry his beloved Janet (Lisa Howard) on the next days and Ed will be his best man. Ed is a wolf and is having a secret love affair with the wealthy Lois Frazer (Jane Wyatt), who is divorcing her husband Howard Frazer (Harlan Warde). Lois finds that Howard has bought a gun and suspects he intends to kill her; so she calls Ed to help her. When they are together, Howard arrives and Lois accidentally kills her husband. Ed decides to help her and forges a crime scene near the airport. Soon he is assigned to investigate the case with Andy but his young brother wants to show that he is a good detective.

"The Man Who Cheated Himself" is a film noir with a story of brothers with opposite intentions. The veteran detective wants to cover the felony he committed to protect his lover while his brother wants to prove that he is a good detective. The conflict between brothers is interesting and the open conclusion is a plus. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Por uma Mulher Má" ("For a Wicked Woman")


5 of 5 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 42 user reviews »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series

Stream Trending Movies With Prime Video

Enjoy a night in with these popular movies available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial



Recently Viewed