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The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 19 February 1937 (USA)
Two English aristocrats pursue a rich American widow who may not be quite the person she claims to be.

Directors:

Richard Boleslawski, Dorothy Arzner (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), Samson Raphaelson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Fay Cheyney
William Powell ... Charles
Robert Montgomery ... Lord Arthur Dilling
Frank Morgan ... Lord Francis Kelton
Jessie Ralph ... Duchess
Nigel Bruce ... Willie Wynton
Colleen Clare ... Joan
Benita Hume ... Kitty Wynton
Ralph Forbes ... Cousin John
Aileen Pringle ... Lady Maria Frinton
Melville Cooper ... William
Leonard Carey ... Ames
Sara Haden ... Anna
Lumsden Hare ... Inspector Witherspoon
Wallis Clark ... George
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Storyline

Mrs. Fay Cheyney, a rich American widow, insinuates herself into London society. Two men in particular -- middle-aged Lord Kelton and Lord Arthur Dilling, a young playboy -- pursue her. All are present at a large weekend house party, and though both men press their suit, Fay seems to favor Kelton. Then Dilling sees Fay's butler lurking in the gardens, recognizes him as a jewel thief who was apprehended in Monte Carlo, and realizes that Fay is probably after the hostess's pearls. Fay does get hold of the pearls -- but before she can pass them to her accomplice, Dilling gets hold of her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com> and Determined Copy Editor

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Conquista See more »

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Budget:

$741,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Myrna Loy was originally cast as Fay Cheyney, while Joan Crawford was cast in Parnell (1937). Because Crawford did not like her role in that film, she switched roles and films with Loy. See more »

Goofs

Standing on deck, Fay is trying, unsuccessfully to light the cigarette in her holder with a lighter. she is seen by Nigel Bruce, who lights it for her. Later, when offered a cigarette by Lord Dilling, she states, "....you know I don't smoke." Since the characters have speculated about her, wouldn't Lord Dilling know that his friend lit her cigarette aboard ship? See more »

Quotes

Duchess of Ebley: Oh! So you think I never HAD a good time!
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Crazy Credits

In the opening credits, the three leading star's names are listed over a photograph of them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Crooked House (2017) See more »

Soundtracks

The Farmer in the Dell
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Traditional nursery song
Background music as the car drives to Ebley Manor
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Crawford in a remake of her rival's (Shearer) film
3 September 2000 | by nickandrewSee all my reviews

Based on Frederick Lonsdale's play about an American jewel thief causing romance and scandal in an aristocratic London society. Crawford is not suitable in title role as a thief, but there is fine support from Powell and Morgan. This comedy was not very popular in 1937, since it was a remake of a 1929 early talkie starring Crawford's MGM rival, Norma Shearer, but it can be fun to watch.


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