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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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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15 July 1945 (USA)  »

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(1949 re-release)

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Paramount originally acquired the rights to "The Cheaters" as a vehicle for Carole Lombard and John Barrymore. After Lombard's tragic death the property was sold to Republic. See more »

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Anthony Marchand aka Mr. M.: Gratitude in most men is usually a secret desire to receive greater benefits.
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Jingle Bells
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Music by James Pierpont
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a great holiday movie
14 November 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie was on every Christmas Eve in Chicago and my family never missed it! I am so disappointed that it is never shown anymore. It had a great cast - Billie Burke as the hopelessly scatterbrained mother, Eugene Palette as the hen pecked father, a really funny, useless, sponger brother in law and 3 spoiled kids. A terrific story - this group has gone through their own substantial fortune and are now trying to chisel their way into an inheritance. I guess it is because it wasn't from a major studio that it was not preserved, but it should have been. Luckily, I was able to buy a copy on VHS a few years ago from Movies Unlimited,but I noticed today that they no longer carry. A shame!


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