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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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The stirring story of a woman who doesn't pay, and who laughs when society brands her. If men cheat in business and get away with it- why can't women cheat in the love game? But she learns a lesson in morals. (Print Ad-Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, ((Pittsburgh, Penna.)) 16 January 1932) See more »

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Drama

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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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Connections

Remake of The Cheat (1915) See more »

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T B, Ingenue
25 April 2010 | by GManfredSee all my reviews

In this movie Tallulah Bankhead falls into the clutches of a lecherous man - honest, you can watch it yourself if think I'm fooling. But, of course, this was a movie. In real life, if we are to believe tradition and gossip, Tallulah would have eaten this stiff for lunch and not missed a round of drinks.

Anyway, she may have been lucky in love but in this picture she was unlucky at cards and ran up a huge gambling debt. The stiff in question, played by Irving Pichel in a sinister turn, offers to bankroll her - and you can guess the price of his largesse. Harvey Stephens plays her trusting doofus husband who buys any excuse she gives him.

"The Cheat" is an interesting melodrama which becomes less so toward the end. It's OK, but the best part is that it gives you a chance to see TB in a starring role and judge her talent for acting for yourself. She gives it her considerable best and chews the scenery at the appropriate intervals. Since she was primarily a stage actress she didn't make that many movies to judge, so watch it if you get a chance.


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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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