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The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 19 February 1937 (USA)
Two English aristocrats pursue a rich American widow who may not be quite the person she claims to be.

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Storyline

Mrs. Fay Cheyney, a rich American widow, insinuates herself into London society. Two men in particular -- middle-aged Lord Kelton and Lord Arthur Dilling, a young playboy -- pursue her. All are present at a large weekend house party, and though both men press their suit, Fay seems to favor Kelton. Then Dilling sees Fay's butler lurking in the gardens, recognizes him as a jewel thief who was apprehended in Monte Carlo, and realizes that Fay is probably after the hostess's pearls. Fay does get hold of the pearls -- but before she can pass them to her accomplice, Dilling gets hold of her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com> and Determined Copy Editor

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Comedy | Drama

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Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A Última Conquista  »

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Budget:

$741,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Myrna Loy was originally cast as Fay Cheyney, while Joan Crawford was cast in Parnell (1937). Because Crawford did not like her role in that film, she switched roles and films with Loy. See more »

Goofs

Standing on deck, Fay is trying, unsuccessfully to light the cigarette in her holder with a lighter. she is seen by Nigel Bruce, who lights it for her. Later, when offered a cigarette by Lord Dilling, she states, "....you know I don't smoke." Since the characters have speculated about her, wouldn't Lord Dilling know that his friend lit her cigarette aboard ship? See more »

Quotes

Charles: Awfully good, these cigarettes.
Arthur Lord Dilling: I'll send you some.
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the three leading star's names are listed over a photograph of them. See more »

Connections

Version of Frau Cheneys Ende (1961) See more »

Soundtracks

The Farmer in the Dell
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Traditional nursery song
Background music as the car drives to Ebley Manor
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10 June 2016 | by (Ramsey, NJ) – See all my reviews

Was enjoying this picture and its accent on 30's sophistication and refinement. Men in tuxes, women in evening gowns, exchanging witty dialogue and bon mots while drinking and smoking. Classy people doing cultured things.Two out of three of my favorites were in starring roles

  • Robert Montgomery and William Powell (not a fan of Joan Crawford)


doing just what they did best, and it was all so charming. The story was good and there was even a clever wrinkle midway through which upsets your balance. I thought it would at least earn a rating of seven.

Then came the disastrous ending, a preposterous cop-out for the last 15 minutes which didn't fit the first 80. A first-class production came crashing to earth due to writers block or a collective stroke or something which turned this artful comedy/mystery into an embarrassingly clumsy high school play. It was jaw-dropping as well as disappointing. What were those in charge thinking? Not much, it appears, and there's no one to ask because they're all dead. If you haven't seen it, let the viewer beware; you are in for a big letdown.


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