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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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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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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
T B, Ingenue, 25 April 2010
Author: GManfred from Ramsey, NJ

In this movie Tallulah Bankhead falls into the clutches of a lecherous man - honest, you can watch it yourself if think I'm fooling. But, of course, this was a movie. In real life, if we are to believe tradition and gossip, Tallulah would have eaten this stiff for lunch and not missed a round of drinks.

Anyway, she may have been lucky in love but in this picture she was unlucky at cards and ran up a huge gambling debt. The stiff in question, played by Irving Pichel in a sinister turn, offers to bankroll her - and you can guess the price of his largesse. Harvey Stephens plays her trusting doofus husband who buys any excuse she gives him.

"The Cheat" is an interesting melodrama which becomes less so toward the end. It's OK, but the best part is that it gives you a chance to see TB in a starring role and judge her talent for acting for yourself. She gives it her considerable best and chews the scenery at the appropriate intervals. Since she was primarily a stage actress she didn't make that many movies to judge, so watch it if you get a chance.

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