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The Cheat (1931)

 |  Drama  |  28 November 1931 (USA)
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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 ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Harvey Stephens ...
Jeffrey Carlyle
Hardy Livingstone
Jay Fassett ...
Ann Andrews ...
Mrs. Albright
William Ingersoll ...
Hanaki Yoshiwara ...
Japanese Servant
Willard Dashiell ...
Edward Keane ...
Defense Attorney
Robert Strange ...
District Attorney


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 <>

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Release Date:

28 November 1931 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Ludibriada  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. See more »


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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Tallulah Bankhead falls Bank-less
20 February 2010 | by (NJ, USA) – See all my reviews

The ever-mesmerizing Tallulah Bankhead plays herself - a sassy, brassy flapper who has a wonderful handsome husband who loves her, but she wants more, more, more. During the Great Depression, he can't make enough money to afford her luxurious habits. Not only that but she has gotten in way over-her-head with gambling debts - what's a girl to do? In steps Hardy Livingstone, a smooth talker who has an Oriental obsession - as his house, servants, decor and parties all illustrate. He offers to help out with the debt but at a very high price. Nothing you haven't seen before but Tallulah really elevates this to a very enjoyable level, let's face it, she could read a prayer book and make it sound dangerous and sexy. Racy pre-code fun from 1931!

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