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The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 6 July 1929 (USA)
There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both ... See full summary »


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Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Fay Cheyney
Basil Rathbone ... Lord Arthur Dilling
George Barraud ... Charles
Herbert Bunston ... Lord Elton
Hedda Hopper ... Lady Maria
Moon Carroll Moon Carroll ... Joan
Madeline Seymour Madeline Seymour ... Mrs. Wynton
Cyril Chadwick Cyril Chadwick ... Willie Wynton
George K. Arthur ... George
Frank Finch Smiles Frank Finch Smiles ... William (as Finch Smiles)
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Webley


There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both very interested in the mysterious Fay. Invited to the house of Mrs. Webley, Fay is again the center of attention for Arthur and Elton with her leaning towards stuffy old Elton. When Arthur sees Charles, Fay's Butler, lurking in the gardens, he remembers that Charles was a thief caught in Monte Carlo and he figures that Fay may be more interested in the pearls of Mrs. Webley, which she is. After Fay takes the pearls, but before she can toss them out the window, she is caught by Arthur who is very disappointed in how things are turning out. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Who was this woman? The toast of every man, and the envy of every woman in London's smart set. (Print Ad- The Evening Independent,((St. Petersburg, Fla.)) 14 August 1929)


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

6 July 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cativante Viuvinha See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Did You Know?


The play opened in London, England, UK on 22 September 1925 and on Broadway in New York City, New York, USA on 9 November 1925. The Broadway production had 385 performances with an opening cast including Helen Hayes, Roland Young, Felix Aylmer, Ina Clare, Winifred Harris and Lionel Pape. See more »


Fay Cheyney: I'm afraid I'm not at all modern. I don't smoke. I don't drink and I don't swear.
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures also released a silent version of this movie. Titles were written by Lucille Newmark and the film length was 1976.32 m. See more »


Version of The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937) See more »


Believe Me If All Those Endearing Young Charms
(1808) (uncredited)
Music Traditional
Lyrics by Thomas Moore
Played on piano by Norma Shearer
Sung by Herbert Bunston
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Much better than the 1937 version! Basil Rathbone and Norma Shearer are excellent
14 June 2011 | by holdencopywritingSee all my reviews

This 1929 version has all the tight pacing and wit that the 1937 film lacks. It also doesn't have the tacked-on moralizing ending that so blights the 1937 version. Basil Rathbone (so young!) is charming and funny with that hint of edge that he could do so well. The two-part scene in which he invites Norma Shearer for a little supper at his apartment and is then verbally rebuffed by the "butler," only to return to kiss the hem of Norma's garment is priceless. I watched it four times. Basil Rathbone is believable as an English lord in ways that Robert Montgomery in the 1937 version is so painfully not believable. George Barraud as Charles effaces himself effectively in the beginning scenes as the butler, and his scenes with Rathbone are not marred by the hint of effeminacy Montgomery brings to his fraternization scenes with the butler when that is not called for in the script. As much as I love William Powell, and I think he's the only reason to see the 1937 version, he can't manage to efface himself effectively in the beginning scenes as the butler. He's always William Powell. As enjoyable as Powell is, when you see George Barraud move from effacement to boldness, you really see how it should be done.

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