Sunday, November 30, 2014

Hollow Triumph (1948)
Hollow Triumph (1948) Poster

*** out of 5

"It's a bitter little world full of sad surprises"

This movie has also gone by the title "The Scar," which might qualify as a spoiler.  One of the key plot twists involves a scar, which is the distinguishing feature between criminal Paul Henreid and his doppleganger, psychiatrist Paul Henreid.  But this film thankfully offers much more as a noir than a simple mistake involving left-cheek/right-cheek mix-ups.  It manages to make that mistake symbolic of the fate that overtakes all wrong-doers in the dark world of noir.

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