Sunday, November 30, 2014
Hollow Triumph (1948)
*** 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.