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The Story of a Cheat ()

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

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Himself - Writer & Director / Le tricheur / The Cheat
Adolphe Borchard ...
Himself (in prologue)
Marcel Lucien ...
Himself (in prologue)
Raymond Clunie ...
Himself (in prologue)
Paul Duvergé ...
Himself (in prologue)
Guerbe ...
Himself (in prologue)
Henri Ménessier ...
Himself (in prologue)
Mailleray ...
Himself - Furniture Maker (in prologue)
Marguerite Moreno ...
La Contesse Beauchamp du Bourg de Catinax / The Countess
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La femme / The Wife
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Serge Abramovich
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La maîtresse / The Mistress
Elmire Vautier ...
The Countess as a Young Woman
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The Cheat at 12
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Herself - Singer / La Rouquine / The Redhead
Pierre Labry ...
Maître Morlot / The Notary (as Labry)
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Mme. Morlot / The Notary's Wife
Pierre Assy ...
The Cheat as a Young Man
Henri Peiffert ...
M. Charbonnier (as Pfeiffert)
Myriam Borsoutsky ...
Herself (in prologue)
Gaston Dupray ...
Le garçon de café / Waiter at the Coffee Shop
Serge Sandberg ...
Himself (in prologue)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Georges Derveaux ...
Himself (in prologue)
Miguel Primo de Rivera ...
Himself - General (uncredited) (archiveFootage)
Fernand Trignol ...
Le curé / The Priest (uncredited)

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Sacha Guitry

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Sacha Guitry ... (written by)

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Serge Sandberg ... producer

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Adolphe Borchard

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Marcel Lucien

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Myriam Borsoutsky ... (as Myriam)

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Henri Ménessier

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Mailleray

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Maurice Guerbe ... set designer (as Guerbe)
Mailleray ... furniture maker
Henri Ménessier ... set designer (as Ménessier)

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Paul Duvergé ... sound

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Raymond Clunie ... camera operator

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Georges Derveaux ... conductor (as M.G. Derveaux)
Ginette Martenot ... musician: ondes martenot (as Martenot)
Orchestre Pasdeloup ... orchestra
Crew believed to be complete

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Plot Summary

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

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Taglines The Racy Confessions of a Gay Boulevardier See more »
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Also Known As
  • Confessions of a Cheat (World-wide, English title)
  • The Story of a Cheat (United States)
  • The Story of a Cheat (United Kingdom)
  • Roman eines Schwindlers (Germany)
  • Il romanzo di un baro (Italy)
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  • 81 min
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Trivia The first movie to use a voice-over narration. See more »
Movie Connections Referenced in Sacha Guitry (1965). See more »
Soundtracks Et v'là pourquoi See more »
Crazy Credits Most of the credits are not printed but spoken in the director's opening narration. See more »

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