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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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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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9 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Casino Loyale, 28 December 2006
Author: dbdumonteil

I can only approve of my old pal Writer's Reign 's opinion ,who for a change wrote the very first comment."Le Roman d'un Tricheur" is an unique work ,which tends to make a reductio ab absurdum : what 's the point of being honest if honest people are chastised.

So much for the prelims: a young boy was born a very big family :12 persons in all;as he had stolen some money,he was punished and deprived of mushrooms! But they were poisonous mushrooms and the whole family but the naughty brat went to their grave .So what's the point of being honest? The whole story is told by a voice over;the form was totally new since the actors did not act ,they just mimed ,like some kind of tableaux vivants.The only scenes (two) where you find a real dialog are the ones between the hero (Guitry ,of course) and Marguerite Moreno's countess.

This is a short film (barely 80 min) but Guitry 's story is dense and includes an attempt against the life of Russian tsar Nicolas the Second , a lesson of geography about Monaco , a trip to the casinos (royale or not)where the hero tries his luck with mixed results , WW1,a sneak thief -whose methods would make Conan Doyle and Agatha Christie admire the lady-,and more ...

Guitry was often criticized in France ;they said he had an unbearable ego .Completely true:that's what made his movies so exciting.

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