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The Cheaters (1945)

Passed | | Comedy , Drama | 15 July 1945 (USA)
An eccentric wealthy family facing bankruptcy schemes to steal an inheritance, but an alcoholic ex-actor they take in for Christmas charity complicates their plan.

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Joseph Kane

Writers:

Frances Hyland (screenplay), Frances Hyland (original story) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Joseph Schildkraut ... Anthony 'Mr. M.' Marchand
Billie Burke ... Clara Pidgeon
Eugene Pallette ... James C. Pidgeon
Ona Munson ... Florie Watson
Raymond Walburn ... Willie Crawford
Ann Gillis ... Angela Pidgeon
Ruth Terry ... Therese Pidgeon
Robert Livingston ... Stephen Bates
David Holt ... Reggie Pidgeon
Robert Greig ... MacFarland
St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers St. Luke's Episcopal Church Choristers ... Choir (as St. Luke's Choristers)
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Storyline

A wealthy family is preparing for Christmas in their usual stylish fashion. They hit on a bright idea that will make them outstanding during this holiday season among their friends. They will adopt a "lost man" and bring him to their house for the holidays. They find a news story of a washed-up actor who has attempted to commit suicide and bring him to their home. The actor proves far more than they bargained for and he shows them some real truths about giving and living. Written by Anonymous

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He's a Rogue...A King...Devil...Pauper...A Millionaire...WHO? See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

Passed | See all certifications »
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 July 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Mr. M and the Pidgeons See more »

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Production Co:

Republic Pictures (I) See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

| (1949 re-release)

Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Paramount originally acquired the rights to "The Cheaters" as a vehicle for Carole Lombard and John Barrymore. After Lombard's tragic death the property was sold to Republic as a potential vehicle for Binnie Barnes. See more »

Quotes

Anthony Marchand aka Mr. M.: Gratitude in most men is usually a secret desire to receive greater benefits.
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Jingle Bells
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Music by James Pierpont
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One of the great underrated Christmas movies of all time
28 January 1999 | by Neff-2See all my reviews

The Cheaters is one of the best, yet largely unseen, Christmas movies of all time. A winning combination of comedy and drama, it features stellar performances by two of the great character actors of the Forties, Joseph Schildkraut and Eugene Pallette. It delivers a positive message about the holiday, while also offering a cynical edge.


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