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The Story of a Cheat (1936)

Le roman d'un tricheur (original title)
A charming scoundrel reflects on his exploits, from childhood through to manhood.

Director:

Sacha Guitry

Writer:

Sacha Guitry
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Sacha Guitry ... Self - Writer & Director / Le tricheur / The Cheat
Adolphe Borchard Adolphe Borchard ... Self (in prologue)
Marcel Lucien Marcel Lucien ... Self (in prologue)
Raymond Clunie Raymond Clunie ... Self (in prologue)
Paul Duvergé Paul Duvergé ... Self (in prologue)
Guerbe Guerbe ... Self (in prologue)
Henri Ménessier Henri Ménessier ... Self (in prologue)
Mailleray Mailleray ... Self - Furniture Maker (in prologue)
Marguerite Moreno ... La Contesse Beauchamp du Bourg de Catinax / The Countess
Jacqueline Delubac ... La femme / The Wife
Roger Duchesne ... Serge Abramovich
Rosine Deréan ... La maîtresse / The Mistress
Elmire Vautier ... The Countess as a Young Woman
Serge Grave ... The Cheat at 12
Fréhel ... Self - Singer / La Rouquine / The Redhead
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Storyline

Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous mushrooms!) for stealing...concluding that dishonesty pays. Through years of dabbling in crime and amusing adventures, two women appear and reappear in his life, a dazzling blonde jewel thief and a stunning brunette gambler. Finally, he meets the mysterious Charbonnier who had saved his life in World War I, leading to the surprising next phase in his career... Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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The Racy Confessions of a Gay Boulevardier

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Comedy

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Trivia

Because of the complexity of the film,s narrative, it required all of eight months to complete the shooting. See more »

Quotes

Self - Writer & Director: You know what I'm writing right now? Very nice things about the rich. But mind you: the people I call rich are those who spend their money, not save it. Money has value only when it leaves our pockets, not when it goes into them.
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Crazy Credits

Most of the credits are not printed but spoken in the director's opening narration. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Cinéastes de notre temps: Sacha Guitry (1965) See more »

Soundtracks

Et v'là pourquoi
(uncredited)
Lyrics by Sacha Guitry
Music by Adolphe Borchard
Performed by Fréhel
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Guitry's art as social insight
30 May 2018 | by solidellewSee all my reviews

Guitry's story of a cheat is an extraordinary depiction of 1936 French society.It chronicles the world of young people leaving the depressed farm areas to seek work in the isolating commerce and industry, a world that the JOC and trade unions were addressing. That two women aided the cheat in his crime shows Guitry's awareness of the problem of more women than men in the population and the consequent rise of the deplorable 'new women'. The cheat is a common place man who relinquishes his life of crime when he discovers he has cheated a man who was injured in the war by shielding the cheat. The hilarious irony in Guitry's art is that the cheat's lifetime of crime has served as an apprenticeship to an employable skill. He can earn a decent living as a security guard.


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Official Sites:

Gaumont [France]

Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

26 September 1938 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Story of a Cheat See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Cinéas See more »
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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Noiseless Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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