Flicker Alley, in partnership with the Film Noir Foundation and UCLA Film & Television Archive, will release Felix E. Feist‘s overlooked cop-gone-bad noir thriller, The Man Who Cheated Himself, in a world premiere Dual Format Edition release on 11 September 2018, presented from a brand new 4K restoration.
Featuring a screenplay by Seton I. Miller and Philip MacDonald, the film stars Lee J. Cobb, Jane Wyatt and John Dall.
This marks the third collaboration between Flicker Alley and the Film Noir Foundation following Too Late for Tears and Woman on the Run, two previously lost highlights of the genre saved from oblivion.
Blinded by love, homicide lieutenant Ed Cullen (Lee J. Cobb) goes to great lengths to cover up a murder. His coquettish girlfriend Lois (Jane Wyatt) has killed her scheming husband before he could bump her off. John Dall co-stars as Ed’s kid brother Andy, a rookie on the force who is determined to break his first big case. These accomplished actors are nearly eclipsed by the incandescent star power of San Francisco and especially the world’s most photographed bridge, the Golden Gate.
In the hard-boiled film noir tradition, reminiscent of the work of James M. Cain, greed, unstoppable sexual attraction, and betrayal set off a doomed course in which a femme fatale leads a once upstanding citizen down a dark path.
Bonus Materials Include:
- “The Man Who Cheated Himself Revisited”: Produced by Steven Smith and the Film Noir Foundation, this mini-documentary offers a behind-the-scenes examination of the film’s original production.
- “The Man Who Cheated Himself Locations Then and Now”: City Sleuth (aka Brian Hollins) leads a virtual tour around San Francisco hunting down the many locations used during the production of The Man Who Cheated Himself.
- Restored Theatrical Trailer: Brand-new restoration of the original theatrical trailer
Souvenir Booklet: Featuring rare photographs, poster art, original lobby cards, and an essay by the “Czar of Noir” Eddie Muller.