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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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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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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one the the best Christmas movies ever
29 November 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this movie every year on WGN (Chicago TV station) as a child. As an adult, I think this movie is more pertinent today than when I was a child. It's the story about a self obsessed family that through greed finds the "true" Christmas spirit.

It's too bad that whatever studio owns the rights to this movie has not chosen to release it on DVD. I know that two companies are offering for sale, one on DVD and the other on VHS tape. I don't know about the quality of the transfer of the DVD but it was supposedly made from a VHS tape master. I bought a copy of the VHS tape which comes in a yellow colored sleeve and found the quality to be sorely lacking from the copy I had made from a WGN broadcast. Unfortunately, that copy got overwritten.

I would like to know what company owns this film. I have read that it was originally distributed by Republic pictures. I understand that Artisan Home Entertainment has the rights. A search on the internet for Artisan takes me to Lions Gate Entertainment where I found a reference stating the Lions Gate was once Artisan. I have also read that Paramount controls the rights.

I would love to know if anyone else has a copy they made from the WGN broadcast. Please email me if you do. It seems ashame to see this great movie fade into oblivion!


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