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The Cheat (1931)

Woman in debt makes an impulsive investment which doesn't go her way.

Directors:

George Abbott, Berthold Viertel (uncredited)

Writers:

Harry Hervey, Hector Turnbull (silent film script)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Tallulah Bankhead ... Elsa Carlyle
Harvey Stephens ... Jeffrey Carlyle
Irving Pichel ... Hardy Livingstone
Jay Fassett Jay Fassett ... Terrell
Ann Andrews ... Mrs. Albright
William Ingersoll William Ingersoll ... Croupier
Hanaki Yoshiwara Hanaki Yoshiwara ... Japanese Servant
Willard Dashiell Willard Dashiell ... Judge
Edward Keane ... Defense Attorney
Robert Strange ... District Attorney
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Storyline

Love, lust, possession, money, social standing, and addiction. Elsa Carlyle is impulsive and a gambler; though loved by her husband Jeff, she's spoiled and selfish, concerned with social standing. Meanwhile, Jeff wants to keep a lid on spending while he completes business deals that could make them rich. One night, on a hunch, she bets and loses big at a casino, then she doubles her problems with more impulsive decisions. Hardy Livingston, a wealthy Casanova just back from the Orient, makes a play for her. Elsa dallies with Hardy, but soon, his insistence and her dire financial affairs seem destined to lead to adultery. Who's the cheat? Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

28 November 1931 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Ludibriada See more »

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Production Co:

Paramount Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (Universal Pre-Code Hollywood Collection DVD)

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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Trivia

One of over 700 Paramount Productions, filmed between 1929 and 1949, which were sold to MCA/Universal in 1958 for television distribution, and have been owned and controlled by Universal ever since. It was released on DVD 7 April 2009 as part of the Universal Backlot Series: Pre-Code Hollywood Collection. See more »

Quotes

Jeffrey Carlyle: I love you. I didn't marry you because I thought you could spell or add, but because of who you are.
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Remake of The Cheat (1915) See more »

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Tallulah Bankhead falls Bank-less
20 February 2010 | by josephbrandoSee all my reviews

The ever-mesmerizing Tallulah Bankhead plays herself - a sassy, brassy flapper who has a wonderful handsome husband who loves her, but she wants more, more, more. During the Great Depression, he can't make enough money to afford her luxurious habits. Not only that but she has gotten in way over-her-head with gambling debts - what's a girl to do? In steps Hardy Livingstone, a smooth talker who has an Oriental obsession - as his house, servants, decor and parties all illustrate. He offers to help out with the debt but at a very high price. Nothing you haven't seen before but Tallulah really elevates this to a very enjoyable level, let's face it, she could read a prayer book and make it sound dangerous and sexy. Racy pre-code fun from 1931!


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