The Man Who Cheated Himself

The Man Who Cheated Himself ★★★½

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

While watching The Man Who Cheated Himself, I had three realizations, or, perhaps, things I’ve forgotten about and only rediscovered through this film.

1) San Francisco is the perfect cinematic city, especially for noirs. Out of the Past (1947) , The Maltese Falcon (1941) , Sudden Fear (1952), Woman on the Run (1950), you name it. The landscape of the vibrant city serves as the quintessential backdrop for all these stories, photographed in beautiful black and white and framed to perfection.

2) John Dall is great.

3) My favorite, oddly-specific plot device is when Person A— a respected, trustworthy figure in law enforcement or authority— gets indirectly involved in a murder, tries to cover it up, and is also simultaneously the leading detective on said murder case. It's so good.