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Director:
Writers:
Harry Hervey
Hector Turnbull (silent film script)
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Release Date:
28 November 1931 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Love, lust, possession, money, social standing, and addiction. Elsa Carlyle is impulsive and a gambler; though loved by her husband Jeff... See more » | Full synopsis »
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Cast

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Tallulah Bankhead ... Elsa Carlyle
Harvey Stephens ... Jeffrey Carlyle

Irving Pichel ... Hardy Livingstone
Jay Fassett ... Terrell
Ann Andrews ... Mrs. Albright
William Ingersoll ... Croupier
Hanaki Yoshiwara ... Japanese Servant
Willard Dashiell ... Judge
Edward Keane ... Defense Attorney
Robert Strange ... District Attorney
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jimmy Granato ... Orchestra Musician (uncredited)
Porter Hall ... Leslie (uncredited)
Arthur Hohl ... Defense Attorney (uncredited)

Millard Mitchell ... Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)
Henry Warwick ... Butler (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Abbott 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Harry Hervey 
Hector Turnbull  silent film script

Cinematography by
George J. Folsey  (as George Folsey)
 
Film Editing by
Emma Hill (uncredited)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Frank Heath .... assistant director (uncredited)
Fred Scheld .... assistant director (uncredited)
 
Sound Department
Ernest Zatorsky .... sound recording engineer (uncredited)
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Edward Hyland .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Joseph Ruttenberg .... second camera operator (uncredited)
Charles Salerno Jr. .... assistant camera (uncredited)
Frank Serjack .... still photographer (uncredited)
 
Other crew
Ruth St. Denis .... choreographer (uncredited)
 
Crew believed to be complete


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Runtime:
74 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.20 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

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Trivia:
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 »
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.See more »
Movie Connections:
Remake of The Cheat (1915)See more »

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26 out of 28 people found the following review useful.
Playgirl Tallulah Meets Her Match, 14 May 2002
Author: sobaok (sobaok@msn.com) from Forestville, Ca

I found this film quite absorbing with a showy performance by Bankhead. She plays the "out-of-control" wife of a loving and up-standing young man (Harvey Stephens). Her gambling debts get her in hock with an untrustworthy admirer (Irving Pichel). Pichel's penchant for the more bizarre aspects of Oriental culture colors his and Tallulah's relationship into multiple arms of scandal. There is a great climax court room scene wherein Bankhead hams it up wonderfully. I'll say nothing more than that "sizzling flesh" is involved here. It must be seen to be believed. The photography and direction is nicely done and for a 1931 film everything moves along quite admirably.

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