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26 September 1938 (USA) See more »
Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Sacha Guitry ... Le tricheur / The Cheat (mature)
Marguerite Moreno ... L'aventurière / The Countess
Jacqueline Delubac ... Henriette

Roger Duchesne ... Serge Abramovich
Rosine Deréan ... La voleuse / The Jewel Thief
Elmire Vautier ... L'aventuriere, jeune fille / The Countess (younger)
Serge Grave ... Le tricheur, petit garçon / The Cheat, as a boy
Pauline Carton ... Mme Morlot - la tante
Fréhel ... La chanteuse / Redhead (singer)
Pierre Labry ... M. Morlot
Pierre Assy ... Le trichur, jeune homme / The Cheat (young man)
Henri Pfeifer ... M. Charbonnier
Gaston Dupray ... Le garçon de café / Waiter
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Adolphe Borchard ... Himself (in prologue)
Myriam Borsoutsky ... Herself (in prologue)
Raymond Clunie ... Himself (in prologue)
Georges Derveaux ... Himself (in prologue)
Paul Duvergé ... Himself (in prologue)
Marcel Lucien ... Himself (in prologue)
Henri Ménessier ... Himself (in prologue)
Serge Sandberg ... Himself (in prologue)

Directed by
Sacha Guitry 
Writing credits
Sacha Guitry (written by)

Produced by
Serge Sandberg .... producer
Original Music by
Adolphe Borchard 
Cinematography by
Marcel Lucien 
Film Editing by
Myriam Borsoutsky  (as Myriam)
Art Direction by
Henri Ménessier 
Set Decoration by
Sound Department
Paul Duvergé .... sound
Camera and Electrical Department
Raymond Clunie .... assistant camera
Music Department
Georges Derveaux .... conductor (as M.G. Derveaux)
Ginette Martenot .... musician: ondes martenot (as Martenot)
Orchestre Pasdeloup .... orchestra

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"Le roman d'un tricheur" - France (original title)
"Confessions of a Cheat" - International (English title)
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France:81 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)
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3 out of 15 people found the following review useful.
Of only passing interest, 17 September 2010
Author: richard-1787 ( from United States

This movie is really only for Sacha Guitry fanatics. It is basically one long monologue delivered by the narrator, Guitry. We see various characters, but they almost never speak. It is as if we were watching a silent movie to which someone had added a narrative voice track.

Yes, some of that narration is mildly clever, and Guitry certainly knows how to deliver his own lines. But the plot is uninteresting, the script only passingly clever.

This is very inferior to Guitry movies like Les Perles de la couronne.

If you like Guitry's sardonic humor, you will get some pleasure out of this movie. Other than that, I don't see much of an audience for it. I myself will have forgotten it by tomorrow.


Two years after writing the above review, I've rewatched the movie, and I find that I still agree with what I wrote then. The whole movie is a monologue, with only occasionally funny lines. It all hangs on the sound of Guitry's voice and his delivery of his lines. Yes, he was very good at delivering his own texts. But an 80-minute monologue, and not a particularly clever one, is too much to ask of the power of his delivery or the patience of the audience. Again, really for die-hard Guitry aficionados only.

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