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The Cheat (1937)

Forfaiture (original title)
This version of the story begins with the engineer's wife (Denise Morel) being driven to the site where her husband is building a bridge. The first thing she notices is the mark of the ... See full synopsis »


Marcel L'Herbier


Jean-Georges Auriol (adaptation) (as J.G. Auriol), Jean-Georges Auriol (scenario) (as J.G. Auriol) | 6 more credits »


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Lise Delamare Lise Delamare ... Denise Moret (as Lise Delamare de la Comédie Française)
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Sylvia Bataille ... Ming


This version of the story begins with the engineer's wife (Denise Morel) being driven to the site where her husband is building a bridge. The first thing she notices is the mark of the dragon branded on the shoulders of the coolies who are being driven out with her. On the way to the site, shots ring out, and one of the men in the truck with her is hit. The car would have to take the wounded man to the hospital, but, by chance, another car drives up with Prince Lee Lang in back. The Prince volunteers to drive her to her husband's site. She leaves a glove in the Prince's car. Pierre Morel, her husband, is angry about the shooting, and sends people out to take care of it. Apparently, they are having trouble building the bridge The next day, at Prince Lee Lang's house, Valfar, his business partner and Ming, their secretary, are introduced. The Prince is an art collector, and mentions to Valfar that he would like to add Denise to his collection of art objects. Denise meets the British ...

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Release Date:

24 November 1937 (France) See more »

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Žigosana See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Wide Range)

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1.37 : 1
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A remake of "the cheat"
2 March 2002 | by dbdumonteilSee all my reviews

French remakes of American movies are very rare,whereas the other way about is frequent.Wait for the remake of "Amelie"!Here we deal with the remake of Cecil B.De Mille's "the cheat"(1915) a silent movie which is hard to see now.I haven't seen the original,but the remake is generally looked upon as a failure by French critics.

Sessue Hayakawa,22 years later,takes on the part he played in the first version,and he does not look very old,which is quite stunning.The rest of the cast features such French luminaries as Louis Jouvet and Victor Francen,and the plot,very melodramatic ,remains absorbing throughout.Francen's wife ,who has gambled away a small fortune in Mongolia where her husband is building a bridge,asks for the help of an exotic prince.There are two parts ,the first set in a cardboard Asia,the second in France and they do not hang together well.actually we're in France when we think we're still back in Mongolia.Best part comes from Louis Jouvet,an evil raider who tries to ruin Francen :during the maudlin trial scenes ,he displays a lot of humor .

The dive is called "the blue lotus", a name which was perhaps borrowed from Hergé's comic strip which was published in 1934 ,one of the famous "Tintin and Snowy" adventures.

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