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


Certificate:

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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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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

According to contemporary newspaper articles, Paul Henreid decided to produce this film himself, so that he could play a bad guy for once. 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: Don't take too much for granted. A girl has to have a social life.
John Muller: The things that come out of that sweet baby-face of yours.
Evelyn Hahn: Don't run away with yourself. Take it easy.
John Muller: Why do I like you?
Evelyn Hahn: My baby-blue eyes.
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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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Zingy Noir With A Pulpy Ending
14 April 2003 | by secragtSee all my reviews

Lovers of noir will want to check this unusual entry featuring Casablanca's Victor Lazlo (Paul Henreid) in a rare heavy role. One of those cautionary tales which amply illustrates how it's often better to stay on your own shabby lawn than to traipse across the seemingly greener grass of the neighbors. A tad slow at times but it builds to the nice and twisty (if inevitable) climax.


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