Do you know Paul Henreid? He's an actor most famous for "Now Voyager" -- and most famous for the scene where he lights his cigarette and Bette Davis' at the same time. He also has another classic film with Bette Davis, "Deception." In addition, he is the man Ingrid Bergman loves and leaves with in "Casablanca." (Some would argue she loves Bogart -- if Ilsa did, none of Rick's words would have gotten her to leave on that plane -- my opinion.)
He stars in a film I watched this week at Netflix (streaming) entitled "The Scar" but also known as "Hollow Triumph" and "The Man Who Murdered Himself." He plays a petty crook named John. And he's had to relocate because he attempted to rob the mob. He's lazy and gets fired from his new job. He meets Joan Bennett who mistakes him for her boss because he looks just like him. Almost.
He has a scar on his right side and the doctor has it on his left.
John goes out with Joan and they have a nice relationship developing. But he's a crook and he decides he could be safer and rich if he took over the doctor's identity. So he does that. And Joan notices something different at the office but it takes her forever to realize it's that John is pretending to be the doctor. When she confronts him, he thinks it's nothing that he killed the doctor -- says he did what he had to do.
He also insists he loves Joan. She doesn't believe him and buys a ticket to Hawaii. He swears he loves her and that he will be leaving on that boat with her.
There's a trick ending and I'm not giving it away.
"The Scar" is a film noir film and it's one you may want to watch more than once to appreciate. This was my first Joan Bennett film. I've seen her sister (Constance Bennett) in a few films like "Topper Takes A Trip" and "What Price Hollywood?" (the last one is one of the many versions of "A Star Is Born" -- the first version of it, in fact).
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"