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Hollow Triumph (Film Chest Restored Version) (1948)

Paul Henreid , Joan Bennett , Steve Sekely  |  NR |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett, Leslie Brooks
  • Directors: Steve Sekely
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, NTSC, Restored
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Film Chest
  • DVD Release Date: March 11, 2014
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00I095JAY
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,200 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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This psychological thriller is pure vintage Film Noir. When med school dropout-turned-master criminal John Muller (Paul Henreid) puts together a major casino heist, not everything goes as planned. The cops don t know he was behind it, but, unfortunately, a vindictive gangland casino owner (Tomas Brown Henry) figures it out. In order to disappear, Muller assumes the identity of psychiatrist Dr. Bartok (Henreid plays both roles), requiring him to scar his face to match Bartok s, resulting in unforeseen consequences. Co-starring Joan Bennett and directed by Steve Sekely, this film was also released under the title The Man Who Murdered Himself.

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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Joan Bennett shines again November 9, 2010
"Hollow Triumph" aka "The Scar" stars Paul Henreid and Joan Bennett with brief appearances by Eduard Franz and John Qualen. The film combines elements of film noir with Hollywood's fascination with psychoanalysis.

Paul Henreid plays a petty criminal. He is best known as Victor Laslo, the French anti-Nazi fighter who comes between Bogart and Bergman in "Casablanca", and as Jerry Durrance, the man who lights two cigarettes at once and then hands the second to Bette Davis in "Now Voyager". Both films were released in 1942, making this quite a year for Henreid, and nothing to look forward to except a long downhill slide. After a series of forgettable films, in the 50s he transitioned to directing for film and TV

Beautiful and spunky Joan Bennett plays a secretary who has an affairs with Henreid. She is best remembered for her recurring role in the TV series "Dark Shadows", but in the 40s she was well known for her film noir roles, especially her work with Fritz Lang that started with "Man hunt" (1941). She and Lang formed a production company together, making such memorable films as "Woman in the Window" (1944) and "Scarlett Street" (1945), both of them with Edward G Robinson. Bennett does her usual excellent job here, and it's hard to understand why she isn't better known for her excellent body of work.

Eduard Franz plays Henreid's brother. This was his second film role. He had a varied career, from the Broadway stage to film and TV. Franz appeared in more than 50 films and made a successful transition to TV in the 50s. He had recurring roles as Gregorio in "Zorro" (1958) and as the Psychiatrist Dr. Raymer in "Breaking Point" (1963-4). Franz was extremely versatile and could play an Indian ("White Feather"), a Mexican ("Zorro"), a German ("Desert Fox"), etc.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hollow Triumph aka The Scar December 20, 2012
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Hollow Triumph is a somewhat neglected film noir. It has a fine cast, great LA locations (brilliantly photographed by John Alton) and an unusual dash of surrealism in the plot mechanics. My only complaint is that this DVD transfer lacks clarity (TCM had a better print) and actually shakes in spots. This film, like another neglected noir "I Love Trouble" deserves better treatment. Still, worth the price until a better print arrives.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Awful Visual Quality February 2, 2001
Format:VHS Tape
One of the many stunning qualities of this film is John Alton's mysterious photography--but you won't see anything near to what he created in this dreadful transfer from second- or third-generation source. It's not even black and white! More like some murky sepia. Wait till somebody responsible puts this out right.
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