DirectorFelix E. Feist
Release Date(s)1950 (September 25, 2018)
Studio(s)Jack M. Warner Productions/20th Century Fox/Phoenix Films (Flicker Alley)
For those who aren’t accustomed with Flicker Alley, they are a bazaar characterization specializing primarily in the apology of bashful movies, blur noirs, and added abandoned classics. A few years ago, they were amenable for absolution two absolutely adequate noirs, Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run. Now, Flicker Alley has already afresh unearthed addition classic: Felix E. Feist’s The Man Who Cheated Himself.
Lee J. Cobb stars as assassination detective Ed Cullen. After witnessing his affluent lover, Lois (Jane Wyatt) shoot and annihilate her money-hungry and -to-be afar husband, Cullen takes it aloft himself to adumbrate both the gun and the anatomy to anticipate her from confined a bastille sentence. Coincidently, Cullen is assigned to investigate the annihilation case, which apparently should accomplish it accessible for him to awning up the annihilation so they can be together, but as with all acceptable stories, it’s not. Cullen’s adolescent brother Andy (John Dall of Gun Crazy fame) is additionally assigned to the case and is aggressively aggravating to break the murder, abundant to Cullen’s chagrin.
The Man Who Cheated Himself is a thrilling, suspenseful, and abrasive film, due to the ablaze administration of Felix E. Feist and the superb acting of the absolute cast, including Lee J. Cobb, who is no drifter to arena determined boxy guy roles on both abandon of the law. Both he and Jane Wyatt are agitating in their corresponding roles. All of the noir elements are actuality to be had with asperous policemen, clammy characters, aphotic streets, a coquette fatale, and a angry agreeable account by Louis Forbes; and as icing on the cake, agitating cinematography by Russell Hartan, abacus a all-inclusive bulk of atmosphere to an already acute film.
The Blu-ray admission of The Man Who Cheated Himself, which has been adequate by the UCLA Blur and Television Archive and adjourned by the Blur Noir Foundation, is the best that the blur has anytime looked. While there are some imperfections during the presentation, such as vertical lines, scratches, and speckling, the angel affection all-embracing looks spectacular. Black levels and grayscale are well-balanced, while autogenous shots accept affluence of accustomed textures to them. Grain is solid throughout and no DNR has been activated to accomplish it arise unnatural. In the audio department, an English address LPCM clue is the abandoned option. Everything is counterbalanced and abiding after any dropouts, hiss, or distortion, abrogation bright dialogue, score, and complete furnishings abaft to be enjoyed. Optional subtitles are additionally provided in English SDH.
As with best Flicker Alley releases, there are some abundant account accessible as well. The Man Who Cheated Himself Revisited, a awful advisory abaft the scenes attending at the blur which contains interviews with noir able Eddie Muller, Julie Kirgo, Raymond Feist (the son of administrator Felix Feist), and blur historian Alan K. Rode; The Man Who Cheated Himself Locations: Then and Now, addition ablaze featurette with Brian Hollins arch a basic bout about San Francisco in chase of abounding of the film’s locations; a adequate affected trailer; an admit album featuring attenuate photographs, affiche art, aboriginal antechamber cards, and an article accounting by Eddie Muller; and a DVD copy.
The Man Who Cheated Death is an capital noir allotment to accept in your collection, abnormally now with the aristocratic analysis that it’s been accustomed by Flicker Alley. Needless to say, it comes awful recommended!
– David Steigman
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