6.5/10
1,733
36 user 15 critic

The Cheat (1915)

Not Rated | | Drama | 13 December 1915 (USA)
A venal, spoiled stockbroker's wife impulsively embezzles $10,000 from the charity she chairs and desperately turns to a Burmese ivory trader to replace the stolen money.

Director:

(uncredited)

Writers:

(scenario), (scenario)
Reviews

Watch Now

Free at Internet Archive

WATCH NOW
ON DISC
1 win. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Carmen I (1915)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

In order to help her smuggler kinsmen, a sultry gypsy seduces and corrupts an officer of the Civil Guard turning him into a traitor and murderer.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Geraldine Farrar, Wallace Reid, Pedro de Cordoba
Adventure | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Lady Mary Lasenby is a spoiled maiden who always gets her way until shipwrecked with her butler, then learns which qualities are really admirable in a person.

Director: Cecil B. DeMille
Stars: Thomas Meighan, Theodore Roberts, Raymond Hatton
Cabiria (1914)
Adventure | Drama | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

Three centuries before Christus. Young Cabiria is kidnapped by some pirates during one eruption of the Etna. She is sold as a slave in Carthage, and as she is just going to be sacrificed to... See full summary »

Director: Giovanni Pastrone
Stars: Italia Almirante-Manzini, Lidia Quaranta, Bartolomeo Pagano
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  

A stranger comes to work at widow Halla's farm. Halla and the stranger fall in love, but when he is revealed as Eyvind, an escaped thief forced into crime by his family's starvation, they ... See full summary »

Director: Victor Sjöström
Stars: Victor Sjöström, Edith Erastoff, John Ekman
Stella Maris (1918)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Stella Maris is a beautiful, crippled girl, who is cared for by a rich family. They shield her from the harsh realities of the world, so that she has no idea of the cruel things that some ... See full summary »

Director: Marshall Neilan
Stars: Mary Pickford, Ida Waterman, Herbert Standing
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

An Austrian officer sets out to seduce a neglected young wife.

Director: Erich von Stroheim
Stars: Sam De Grasse, Francelia Billington, Erich von Stroheim
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Inspector Juve is tasked to investigate and capture an infamous criminal Fantomas.

Director: Louis Feuillade
Stars: René Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A religious woman seeks to save her people from destruction by seducing and murdering the enemy leader, but her plans get complicated once she falls for him.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Blanche Sweet, Henry B. Walthall, Mae Marsh
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

A frail waif, abused by her brutal boxer father in London's seedy Limehouse District, is befriended by a sensitive Chinese immigrant with tragic consequences.

Director: D.W. Griffith
Stars: Lillian Gish, Richard Barthelmess, Donald Crisp
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Charlie talks wealthy farmer's daughter Tillie into eloping with him (and taking her father's money). In the city Tillie gets drunk and lands in jail while Charlie runs off with her money ... See full summary »

Directors: Mack Sennett, Charles Bennett
Stars: Charles Chaplin, Marie Dressler, Mabel Normand
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

In Part Two of Louis Feuillade's 5 1/2-hour epic follows FantÃ'mas, the criminal lord of Paris, master of disguise, the creeping assassin in black, as he is pursued by the equally resourceful Inspector Juve.

Director: Louis Feuillade
Stars: René Navarre, Edmund Breon, Georges Melchior
Regeneration (1915)
Certificate: Passed Biography | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

A boy surrounded by violence grows up to become an infamous gangster.

Director: Raoul Walsh
Stars: Rockliffe Fellowes, Anna Q. Nilsson, William Sheer
Edit

Cast

Complete credited cast:
...
...
Hishuru Tori (original release) / Haka Arakau (in 1918 re-release)
...
James Neill ...
Yutaka Abe ...
Dana Ong ...
Hazel Childers ...
Arthur H. Williams ...
Courtroom Judge (as Judge Arthur H. Williams)
Edit

Storyline

Edith Hardy uses charity funds for Wall Street investments in hopes of buying some new gowns. She loses all the money and borrows from wealthy oriental Tori. When her husband gives her the amount she borrowed, Tori won't take it back, branding her shoulder with a Japanese sign of his ownership. She shoots him. Her husband takes the blame. In court Edith reveals all to an angry mob. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

Not Rated
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

13 December 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Marca de Fogo  »

Box Office

Budget:

$17,311 (estimated)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(1994 alternate)

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Camille Erlanger's "La Forfaiture", based on this movie, was the first opera written which was based on a motion picture. See more »

Goofs

According to the date on the check, the shooting occurred on September 17th. However, the next day's newspaper which reports the crime is dated April 27th. See more »

Quotes

Edith Hardy: [lying about how she lost $10,000] I lost it playing bridge- I was afraid to tell you.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Fannie Ward's name appears above the title. The other two principle actors (as well as Ward) are credited in inter-titles with their character names as they appear in the movie. See more »

Connections

Featured in Hollywood (1980) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Sex, Race, and Sadism! (with Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, and Cecil B. DeMille)
11 October 2007 | by (Los Angeles) – See all my reviews

"East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet." Fannie Ward (as Edith Hardy) is an extravagant socialite who is told by husband Jack Dean (as Dick Hardy) she must cut down on spending, as he meets with business failures; instead, she takes $10,000 from the Red Cross fund she is entrusted with, and gambles it on a "sure thing" - sure enough, she loses the money. Desperate to replace the money, Ms. Ward turns to wealthy party host Sessue Hayakawa (as Tori aka Arakau), who is secretly attracted to her. Mr. Hayakawa gives Ward the money, but wants a sexual encounter the next night. Then, Mr. Dean makes a Stock Market killing, and is rich again. Ward takes $10,000 to pay off Hayakawa, but he won't bargain...

This is a lurid melodrama, filled with sex, race, and sadism; but, it is redeemed by several factors. Cecil B. DeMille directed artfully; his use of light and shadows is notable. The portrayals of Fannie Ward (as "The Cheat" Edith Hardy) and Sessue Hayakawa (as Tori aka Arakau) are among the finest of the era. You'll want to watch this film with the remote nearby, as there are a few scenes you may want to see re-played immediately.

The Japanese community objected, understandably, to the film's racially prejudicial appeal; so Hayakawa's character was changed from Japanese Hishuru Tori to Burmese Haka Arakau, for a 1918 re-release. Presumably, the Burmese community was not amused.

********* The Cheat (12/13/15) Cecil B. DeMille ~ Fannie Ward, Sessue Hayakawa, Jack Dean, James Neill


8 of 11 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
My Little Quibble befred8
A Tinted edition. suferia
Discuss The Cheat (1915) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?