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Finding A New Identity!
- Raymond Banacki
In terms of plot, this kind of craziness is SO seductive.
The reissue title "The Scar" is more suitable
- Jeff Boston
for several reasons in this film about an immoral monster and an amoral long face. Nice touch having Henreid's high class hellion working at the Clover Garage. I agree with today's post by Keith Christensen regarding Eddie Muller. The "Noir Alley" host is a real pro who loves what he does for the benefit of old movie fans.
i will say this for the censors..
the fate of the main character was ultimately like the fate of a nymphomaniac at a porno convention.
Great film experience
- keith christensen
Boy, do I wish TCM could find about three more hosts who know their stuff as well as Eddie Mueller knows his. He's brilliant, really steeped in Noir and he looks terrific on the air. I look forward to his every appearance. But alas, we have to put up with mediocre hosts like Alicia Malone or her juvenile predecessor who both display their elementary knowledge of film, stars, and studios. Give us more like Eddie and the superior films he presents and knows so much about.
Loved Henreid & Bennett
What a great pair,too bad it didn't work out in the end.The doctor Henreid's gangster replaced was even sleazier than his criminal associates.Still,a very much appreciated movie,hope it plays again.Glad to know not just George Macready can play the bad guy well.
- Jay Minasi
i turned this movie on well after the start and was listening and doing something else too. But i was drawn in quickly when Joan Bennet's role entered. What a fabulous woman. i felt her happiness, her betrayal, her sadness and her hopeful spirit, trying to wish for a happy ending, when there was little hope. I loved this movie. I think i will always remember this movie and i will be in love with her character always. So touching. One of the greatest movies i have ever seen. Reminded me of The Heiress, another great emotional movie, with Olivia DeHaviland and Montgomery Clift.
- kevin sellers
Ridiculously over plotted, but kinda fun due to Paul Henried's kicking noble Victor Velasco down the stairs and embracing his dark side. And some of the scenes, like the botched casino heist, and Henreid's happily discovering that, along with a new identity, he's also inherited a sexy girlfriend, (well played by Leslie Brooks.) are memorable. And L.A. at night in the 40s never looked so noirishly good as when photographed by John Altin. Give it a B minus.
Improbable plot is surprisingly believable.
I enjoyed this film, and especially the part where the charwoman cleaning the floor, is the only person who notices the scar has been switched because the negative was turned over when printed. As someone who made his own black in whites before the digital age, anyone who worked in a darkroom, as a hobby or profession, has made this mistake.
Mistake in Hollow Triumph aka The Scar
- Rob Gardner
look for the mistake on the location of Henreid's facial scar....He puts his scar on the left cheek and the next morning it's on his right cheek.
An unexpected gem
- Bonnie jean cousineau
I was ironing and needed to be distracted, so I began watching "Hollow Triumph". Paul Henreid playing a villlain was only the first surprise. The improbable plot worked well; as it unfolded, irony upon irony brought our overconfident protagonist closer to his end. Joan Bennett, as the jaded but straightforward girlfriend, also played against type, another surprise. An affecting moment is the small scene with the charlwoman, who is the only one to notice the misplaced scar. Despite his hurry, John stops a moment, evidently reflecting on the fact that this modest soul really LOOKS at people, unlike others who take only superficial notice. A small but significant commentary. The acting, cinematography and pace of this film are outstanding and I highly recommend it. You don't even have to be ironing.
Henreid produces and star's in this noir!
- Steven Paul
Perhaps because of the "Hungary connection" Henreid has Sekely direct this film but I believe the story & the film would have been better served if a Billy Wilder for instance could have been brought in to help Henreid develop the screenplay to it's fullest especially, when Joan Bennett is your co-star.Right, Edward G.
Fine Film Noir
This was a wonderful, little known film noir featuring what may be the best work of his career for Paul Henreid and the warm, presence of Joan Bennett at her best. John Alton's cinematography is also one of the very best of his distinguished career. The score, One thing though--The TCM article about this movie ascribes the quote below to Henreid's character. It is Bennett who delivers the line with heartfelt conviction:"It's a bitter little world full of sad surprises, and you don't let anyone hurt you."Thank you for broadcasting this great little gem.