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The Cheat (1931)

Woman in debt makes an impulsive investment which doesn't go her way.

Directors:

George Abbott, Berthold Viertel (uncredited)

Writers:

Harry Hervey, Hector Turnbull (silent film script)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Elsa Carlyle
Harvey Stephens ... Jeffrey Carlyle
Irving Pichel ... Hardy Livingstone
Jay Fassett Jay Fassett ... Terrell
Ann Andrews ... Mrs. Albright
William Ingersoll William Ingersoll ... Croupier
Hanaki Yoshiwara Hanaki Yoshiwara ... Japanese Servant
Willard Dashiell Willard Dashiell ... Judge
Edward Keane ... Defense Attorney
Robert Strange ... District Attorney
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Storyline

Love, lust, possession, money, social standing, and addiction. Elsa Carlyle is impulsive and a gambler; though loved by her husband Jeff, she's spoiled and selfish, concerned with social standing. Meanwhile, Jeff wants to keep a lid on spending while he completes business deals that could make them rich. One night, on a hunch, she bets and loses big at a casino, then she doubles her problems with more impulsive decisions. Hardy Livingston, a wealthy Casanova just back from the Orient, makes a play for her. Elsa dallies with Hardy, but soon, his insistence and her dire financial affairs seem destined to lead to adultery. Who's the cheat? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Taglines:

The Kind of Woman Every Woman Wants to Be- and Every Man wants to Love! (Print Ad-Albany Times-Union, ((Albany, NY)) 11 December 1931))

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ludibriada See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Universal Pre-Code Hollywood Collection DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

A remake of the Cecil B. DeMille 1915 film which starred Fannie Ward. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Carlyle: I love you. I didn't marry you because I thought you could spell or add, but because of who you are.
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Connections

Remake of The Cheat (1915) See more »

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Even Sexy Talullah Doesn't Do Much for This One
12 August 2014 | by evanston_dadSee all my reviews

"The Cheat" is a forgettable pre-Code film starring Talullah Bankhead as a woman who makes a "deal" with a rich rascal after her gambling problem lands her in serious money trouble (and potentially even bigger trouble with her husband), kills him in ambiguous circumstances and gets away with it. From a pre-Code aspect, her getting away with her crime is probably the most notable thing about the movie; the rest is maybe a little racy but fairly tame even compared to other pre-Code films of its time.

Actually, the most notable thing about the film is that it appears on DVD as a double feature with "Merrily We Go to Hell," an excellent movie and one that is anything but forgettable. If you're going to get that film (and you should), you might as well watch this one while you're at it. Otherwise, I wouldn't bother seeking this one out on its own merits.

Grade: C


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