The Cheaters (1945)

Passed  |   |  Comedy, Drama  |  15 July 1945 (USA)
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An eccentric wealthy family facing bankruptcy schemes to steal an inheritance, but an alcoholic ex-actor they take in for Christmas charity complicates their plan.



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Cast overview:
James C. Pidgeon
Florie Watson
Raymond Walburn ...
Willie Crawford
Ann Gillis ...
Angela Pidgeon
Therese Pidgeon
Stephen Bates
David Holt ...
Reggie Pidgeon
Robert Greig ...
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ...
Choir (as St. Luke's Choristers)


A wealthy family is preparing for Christmas in their usual stylish fashion. They hit on a bright idea that will make them outstanding during this holiday season among their friends. They will adopt a "lost man" and bring him to their house for the holidays. They find a news story of a washed-up actor who has attempted to commit suicide and bring him to their home. The actor proves far more than they bargained for and he shows them some real truths about giving and living. Written by Anonymous

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FUN For The Whole Family...Come On Down And Meet MR. M...He'll Keep You In Belly Laughs For Months! See more »


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Release Date:

15 July 1945 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Castaways  »

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Technical Specs


(1949 re-release)

Sound Mix:

(RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Joseph Schildkraut signed a contact with Republic pictures for financial security and in order to do the John Barrymore role in "The Cheaters." In retrospect, Schildkraut characterized the decision as one of THE major mistakes of his life. See more »


Anthony Marchand aka Mr. M.: Gratitude in most men is usually a secret desire to receive greater benefits.
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Minuet in G
Music by Ludwig van Beethoven
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A great Christmas movie
20 November 2002 | by (Chicago) – See all my reviews

I haven't seen this movie in 20 years, but it makes a good statement about class differences and compassion. There are well known actors such as Billie Burke and Josef Schildkraut and it is a good comedy as well. I hope that it isn't lost from the film archives.

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