The Man Who Cheated Himself

Synopsis: A veteran homicide detective who has witnessed his socialite girlfriend kill her husband sees his inexperienced brother assigned to the case.
Director(s): Felix E. Feist
Production: 20th Century Fox Film Corporation
81 min





Let me in.

Just a minute.

Have you been

going through my desk?

Your desk?

I never go through

your desk, darling.

Why is that door locked?

I wasn't expecting the

pleasure of a visit.

Howard, I'm not used to being...

Locked out in your own home.

I know.

Your house, your roof, your

bedroom... I just sleep here.

My apologies.

You're an ingrate, Howard.

And weak.

I'll pity you after

I get my divorce.

And when, may I

ask, will that be?

I'm signing it next week.


Why a fire on an

afternoon like this?

What were you burning?

Old love letters.



They're too smart to write.

Incidentally, thanks for not

stopping my bank account.

At least I could buy a

plane ticket to Seattle.

That's why I left it.

Of course.

Gives your new boyfriend

much more latitude.

Who is he, by the way?

When did you pick him up?

Three years of misery too late.

Good bye, Angel.

And don't forget to

change your will.

You'd hate yourself on

your little pink cloud

If you accidentally

left anything to me.

Police department.

Lieutenant Cullen,

homicide division.



Detective Cullen.

Is this Cullen?

No, no.

Lieutenant Cullen's

busy right now.

This is his brother.

Who's calling?


What'd the chief say?


Go on.

I'm saddled with you.

Maybe you shouldn't

have sold him

On taking me off Market Street.

I've got you as of now.

That's your desk

you're sitting on.

You've got one week till your

honeymoon, starting Tuesday.


The chief hopes I can teach

you something, but I doubt it.

So do I. At least

we'll be figuring

A case from two

different angles.


For me?

Open it.

One of mine?

Janet wanted one of your

baby shoes like Mom had.

We'll put them

both on the mantle.

Thanks, Ed.

There's a lot of Market

Street mileage on these.

I'm gonna rest my

dogs for a year.

Rest them on your honeymoon.

You got plenty of legwork

when you get back.

Oh, a gal called

you a minute ago.


I don't know.

She hung up.

What'd she say?


Wouldn't be the one, would it?

What one?

The one that's been under

your skin the past few months.

Look, Ed, I know it's

none of my business.

You've always played your

women pretty close to the vest.

But why don't you find a

girl that's good for you,

Like Janet is for

me, settle down?

Reforming me?

Fat chance.

This one's good for me.

She's no good, but

that's the way it is.

All right.

You don't have to

tell me her name.

See you later.





Oh, Ed, I've been

trying to reach you.

You know you're not

supposed to call me here.

Ed, I've got to see you.

Come right over.


Why, to have a drink

with your husband?

Oh, no no no.

He's gone to the airport.

He's flying to Seattle.

Listen to me.

He bought a gun.

He's planning to kill me.

I know it.

There can't be any other reason.

Wait a minute.

You don't make sense.

He's gone to Seattle, but

he's going to kill you?

He is.

He's never had anything

to do with guns before.

I can't find it, but

there was an inspection

Slip on the floor in his room.

He must've burned the wrappings.

He had the door locked.

Please, Ed.


OK, I'll be over

as soon as I can.


You with the blue coupe.

Hi, Janet.

What happened?

You got a week,

starting Tuesday.


What would Andy and

I do without you?

You'll find out.

See ya.

Ed, stop ducking every

time we try to thank you.

With that new salary, now

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Seton I. Miller

Seton Ingersoll Miller (May 3, 1902 – March 29, 1974) was an American screenwriter and producer. During his career, he worked with many notable film directors such as Howard Hawks and Michael Curtiz. Miller received two Oscar nominations and won once for Best Screenplay for fantasy romantic comedy film Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941) along with Sidney Buchman. more…

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