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The Cheat (1915)

Not Rated  |   |  Drama  |  13 December 1915 (USA)
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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.




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


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 <>

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Release Date:

13 December 1915 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Marca de Fogo  »

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$17,311 (estimated)

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Because of a protest from the Japanese Association of Southern California, Sessue Hayakawa's name and nationality was changed for the 1918 re-release. Originally he was a Japanese called Hishuru Tori; in the re-issue he was a Burmese called Haka Arakau. See more »


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 »


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


Featured in Histoire(s) du cinéma: Les signes parmi nous (1998) See more »

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a shadow from the past
8 June 2004 | by (San Jose, CA) – See all my reviews

Funny how one can be transfixed by a shadow made nearly ninety years ago. I found myself watching this for handsome Sessue Hayakawa's character, half all-American young-man-about-town, half exotic (and oh yes, evil) Oriental despot. Fannie Ward's character doesn't look much better, a woman so insecure and vain that when her husband cuts off her clothing allowance (four hundred 1915 dollars for a negligee!!), she embezzles Red Cross funds and takes a flyer on the stock market. Indeed, the only character who comes out looking remotely virtuous is her long-suffering husband, who tries to protect his bubble-headed wife by confessing to a crime she committed. Yes, it's a period piece, but as those go, it's not bad.

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