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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The Amaizing MR M!...THE ONLY MAN IN THE WORLD WITH FIVE MILLION DOLLARS and not a penny TO HIS NAME! See more »

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15 July 1945 (USA)  »

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(1949 re-release)

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(RCA Sound System)

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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 »

Quotes

Anthony Marchand aka Mr. M.: Gratitude in most men is usually a secret desire to receive greater benefits.
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Silent Night
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Music by Franz Gruber
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7 October 2001 | by (Libertyville, IL) – See all my reviews

Have watched this movie at least once every Christmas for the past twenty years. Never tire of the superb acting and well-crafted script. Joseph Schildkraut is wonderful as a down and out actor and a perfect foil to Eugene Pallette's family's frivolous and seemingly naive view of life.


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