I Want To Know What You Think?

If I was walking down the street, another face in the crowd, would you still know me?”

Sitting in the air-conditioned master bedroom taking a much-needed time out I started watching a 3-star 1948 film noir movie titled “Hollow Triumph” with Paul Henreid and Joan Bennett. The movie being rated 3 – star was pretty right on, it was good on so many levels. The acting was superior in my critic mind and I have to admit unashamed that I am an avid Film Noir Buff. I watch maybe 7 to 10 black and white movies all in the years from 1930 to 1959 in a week. These are the years that I prefer but will watch something produced in the early 60’s if done well.

This movie Hollow Triumph had one aspect that I found I had a hard time wrapping my head around. It was in the script. And it was main focus of the story and  the leading man’s role. There are often aspects of movies in those earlier film  days that do not stand up to the test of time. Meaning that watching the movies with aspects that just make no sense today is kind of entertaining at times, but often just too funny to take serious.  Even though it was intended as a serious point. Sometimes watching a movie about times that were so much simpler can be comforting. This characteristic that I am having issue with in this script is one that I hope by sharing here will create conversation over the topic. I find it a fascinating point of human nature and am wondering what you too think.

Here is the deal regarding the movie – a bit of preface for you. The leading man’s role for Paul Henried is that he is a criminal needing to find a way to hide himself from the law, and from other criminal factions looking to kill him. Okay here comes the far-fetched part of the story that I am having a problem with.. At least in my critical mind.

The man has an exact twin, in the very same town he is in. A stranger but a man who looks exactly like his identical twin. Some one mistakes him for this other man who is a doctor, a psychologist. They are exact twin except the doctor has a long very noticeable  scar on his cheek. The criminal comes up with this incredible plot, deciding that he is going to kill the doctor and impersonate him. This is the perfect scam that will hide his face from those looking for him. The man he is  will disappear. And he will become the doctor. He begins an intensive study program; to learn every mannerism that the doctor has, to learns his accent, to learn  his body language, Then… he’ll need to make the physical correction to complete the look.

He gives himself a cruel angry scar.

 

The criminal master mind is maybe so not the master he thinks he is. When he took the photograph of the doctor which he had clandestinely taken and had it developed, the film developer flip-flopped the negative. So the scar that the criminal created on his own face to complete the look, the scam,  was done so unknowingly by  on the wrong side of the face!  He didn’t catch it, and apparently no one else in this doctors life caught it either.. That the criminal, sporting the new scar and who inserted himself into the now murdered doctor’s life,could do this without anyone noticing baffles me.  I could not let it go through the entire movie. It just felt like if it does not make sense – it cannot be so.

Even after finishing the movie I could not let this question of human nature go. I had a conversation with my husband about it. I asked him what he thought, that if the mole I have on the left side of my face was somehow moved to the other side would he notice it?  He had an interesting answer for him that makes sense, one that I had not thought of. My husband said that for himself, who has a real problem telling right from left,  may not notice. I think he might be right. My dear D has to look at his wedding band every time for just a second to choose right from left. It’s a form of Dyslexia with his brain I believe. It’s not that D does not know the difference, just that on sudden demand he will not be able to figure out which it is, right or left. So I will forgive my husband of 42 years if he does not realize that my mole, (my beauty mark) has been changed from side of my face to the other. But that’s his excuse.

How about You?  Do you thin that you would be the one to bust the imposter? Would you really know which side of the face the scar belonged on? I think it’s a fascinating question of human nature and I’d really be interested in what you think. Why do you think you would notice? How long would it take for you to notice? Or would it be something else in the end that gave the imposter away?  I really am curious what you think about this because I have a theory why we may not notice that I may share later.

So tell me, what just popped into YOUR mind when reading this. What are your thoughts about maybe finding an imposter out, or maybe not finding him out and how would that leave you to feel?  I’m just this inquiring mind about this for some odd reason, so I will adore it and adore you for sharing what you think. Share it  with me, and share it with the others.

It should be interesting….

©tjhelser2012

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17 thoughts on “I Want To Know What You Think?

  1. I’m a nitpicker when it comes to details and I WOULD notice. I’ve noticed inconsistencies in old moview and they bug the hell out of me or anywhere else. Good discussion topic, Baroness!

    • Hi Tess! I think you are the only one that answered this with an affirmitive. I;d notice something was wrong maybe, but it is not certain I would figure it out.
      I hear you about old movies. I am an avid film noir buff and I can always tell when something has been re-edited and sections cut out of the film. Makes me furious too. I bet we’d enjoy a movie together. I’m not a talker when watching a movie and I have a feeling neither are you.
      Thanks for the kudos on the topic.

  2. I would probably notice….rather I would notice something different, but may not be able to tell you what the difference is/was..if that makes sense. Because the scar or in your case the mole would be the same, just placed differently. I would probably not say anything and just end up staring and trying to figure it out.

    • Hi Cee my dear friend, yes it does make sense. I know exactly what you mean. I think like you it would be puzzling to me, it would take some time studying the person.
      I am finding it fascinating that so far all responses have been that they would notice. How cool. Thanks for playing along!

  3. A good question Baroness! I think I would notice if the person were in my “circle.” But if they were someone I just knew I probably would filter out even the memory that they had a scar. I believe that as humans we automatically place people in groups and rank them at levels of familiarity. Our brains automatically filter information regarding people based on their familiarity ranking.

    • Hi jelillie! So wonderful to see you here. Thanks for your awesome response. I have to admit that the grouping idea had never come to me buut I think you may be spot on. I know too that we filter as you say. I think we almost have to to protect ourselves.
      I’m so pleased to see your reply, thanks again for stopping by.

  4. Hello, Baroness. An interesting question. I believe that I would notice the scar had moved — I have so many scars myself, and I am very interested in the scars other people wear. Any other small change, I’m not so sure about — I think if the person was not well known to me, I might not notice at all. Strange to think I observe so little — I consider myself to be a good watcher of people, but maybe not so good, after all!

    • I so love your reply! I think I’d notice right off too cause I have a mole on my cheek. But I wondered after watching that movie. I love anything to do with human nature and like to learn about what makes others tick~

      Thanks so much for sharing with me and with us. I could not make this interesting without comments from people like you who really add something to the equation.

  5. I would probably notice, I am a finicky person and always aware, and get use to normality. But what I think is no way could some one step into another’s shoes without being noticed. was he already a doctor, cannot see patients not noticing. 😉

    • I know! That was another of my points, how do is patients not know? No, he was not a doctor before. He was a gangster. Think 30’s Chicago. Finally towards the end of the movie the dumb nurse says” I thought something was a stray when a patient asked why the doctor changed his style of treatment?”
      Really?

      Its comforting to me that others like you know that you could not be fooled. Thanks for sharing as always my friend~

  6. I love old black and white movies. Interesting… I would so know every mark and scar of someone that I was close to…and which side of the face. Weird isn’t it? I haven’t watched an old movie in some time. It is entertaining to notice how much things have changed but human nature not so much. 🙂 🙂

    • Me Too Terri! I love the old movies and I think I’d know every nook and crannie so to speak of my loved ones. That’s why this part of the story line did not sit well with me. Who would not know.

      One of the things I love about the oldies is the fashions and the home decor. It’s fascinating and sometimes I want to incorporate a style, a pattern, art,, into my own world.

      • You know I think I saw that movie a long time ago. The classics are always good black and white and fashion. A definite very un-classy is a movie called the Abominable Snowman, but really cheaply done. Lot of fun to laugh with and of course if your with like minded crazies it is a ton of laughs. Popcorn a must! 🙂

    • I was thinking the same thing while reading your post about your dream. How odd in a neat way. The movie was good except for me dwelling on the believeability of the two identical men. But it never spoiled it for me in one way. Let me know if you ever see it.

      How are you doing since your bizarre dream? It’s those lind of dreams that can shake you up and leave you a bit disorientated.

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