Hollow Triumph (1948) - Crime, Drama, Film-Noir

Hohum Score

13

Watchable

Pursued by the big-time gambler he robbed, John Muller takes a new identity, with ironic results.

IMDB: 6.8
Director: Steve Sekely
Stars: Paul Henreid, Joan Bennett
Length: 83 Minutes
PG Rating: N/A
Reviews: 5 out of 57 found boring (8.77%)

One-line Reviews (27)

The rest is fairly predictable.

What Alton can do to an empty movie sound stage has to be seen to be believed.

Needless to say, Joan Bennett is involved with both Henreids, but prefers the baddie because he is more spellbinding and, let's face it, far from boring.

As directed by the obscure Steve Sekely, "Hollow Triumph" is one of those film noir that manages to be intriguing even if the plot is a bit hard to take because of its absurdities.

I HATE the cliché in movies when someone is attacked and they NEVER call out to their compatriots for help or to alert them that they are under attack.

I had it on a long time in the background it was just really boring, Give me an American playing the lead in Noir anytime, unless it's a foreign language made Noir than I can accept that.

"The Scar aka Hollow Triumph" The Scar is somewhat underrated as a film noir but powerful performances by Joan Bennett and Paul Henreid as Johnny Muller, and stylish direction from Steve Sekely make this a gripping film with some very effective twists.

All this guy did was run, run, run, and smack his woman around (once, zzzz).

The film, aside from the cliché I already mentioned, actually was a nice example of lesser-known film noir.

The scar thing felt gimmicky, which is a shame as it mars an engrossing thriller.

Paul Henreid (Casablanca, Dead Ringer, etc) produced and starred (dual role) in this compelling noir.

The irony in the story of course takes place right at the finale when thugs tracking down Bartok locate Muller in his assumed guise, and wind up dealing him the unexpected departure from this mortal coil that Muller was trying to avoid all along.

The actual finale was totally unexpected, and I wish I was at the theatre long ago, just to hear the audience gasp.

*****POSSIBLE SPOILER AHEAD***** Another factor: Whenever we have someone impersonating someone else in a Hollywood film, it always turns out that they should have known more about the person's background--because there's always a deadly enemy who wants his justice, thereby leading to a predictable ending.

Rather enjoyable crime drama .

Except for the contrived premise, it's quite a provocative and, at times, touching screenplay.

Hollow Triumph is worth watching if you get the chance.

The presence of Joan Bennett may not stir up memories of her dark dames from "Woman in the Window" and "Scarlet Street", but there's enough darkness in her basically decent character to make her totally engaging and extremely identifiable.

There is so much that is wrong with this film but yet it is still entertaining.

At the height of noir is this contrived but visually intense Henreid vehicle .

Alton's expert noir photography helps lift the visuals to a compelling level.

But even so this is terrific entertainment that keeps you on the edge of your seat through out.

Anyway, a good film, maybe not great, but certainly enjoyable for late-night viewing.

But the biggest threat is the most sympathetic, well-portrayed, and engaging character in the film - Joan Bennett's Evelyn.

"Hollow Triumph" or "The Scar" as it's also called is a very entertaining movie even with a preposterous plot.

aside from that one darn cliché.

In fact, the movie is chock-a-block full of fascinating character vignettes.