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Sweet Cheat (1949)

Leon (Leon Errol) keeps making solo trips to Buffalo and his wife Dorothy (Dorothy Granger) suspicions that some hanky-panky is involved. The next time Leon shuffles off to Buffalo, Dorothy... See full summary »


Hal Yates


Leslie Goodwins (story), Hal Yates (screenplay)


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Cast overview:
Leon Errol ... Leon Errol
Dorothy Granger ... Mrs. Dorothy Errol
Vince Barnett ... Hotel House Detective
Jack Rice Jack Rice ... Dorothy's Lawyer
Bob Jellison ... Desk Clerk (as Robert Jellison)
William Gould ... Johnson, Leon's Boss


Leon (Leon Errol) keeps making solo trips to Buffalo and his wife Dorothy (Dorothy Granger) suspicions that some hanky-panky is involved. The next time Leon shuffles off to Buffalo, Dorothy follows on the same airplane disguised as a beautiful-but-poor widow from the south. Dorothy, in disguise, quickly gets more of Leon's attention on the plane than she ever got at home. The plane is grounded short of Buffalo, and the ever-gallant Leon steps up to take care of the poor widow's hotel bill, but has to register her as his wife in order to do so. Dorothy reveals who she is, but Leon wiggles out of the situation in his usual wormy fashion. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Comedy | Short







Release Date:

28 October 1949 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

RKO Radio Pictures See more »
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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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discover the comedy shorts of Leon Errol today!
27 November 2004 | by django-1See all my reviews

A balding, nervous, hen-pecked husband with a jealous wife in over 100 comedy shorts for RKO, Leon Errol may be best known today for his performances opposite Lupe Velez in the Mexican Spitfire films. I've got dozens of Errol's comedy shorts and love them, although they are best enjoyed one or two at a time as they followed a fairly strict formula. In this one, which is typical of his work over a 15+ year period, he is constantly being sent to Buffalo on business, and his wife (on whom he is NOT cheating!) thinks these trips are a cover for an affair. She decides to follow him to Buffalo, but winds up getting too close to him and pretends to be a widow, wearing a widow's veil that hides her face, so she can travel with him and keep an eye on him. Errol's comic timing and double-takes are wonderful, as is Dorothy Granger, Errol's longtime partner in these films. Like any long running series, some Leon Errol shorts are better than others, but you can probably pick one at random at find it enjoyable. How I wish these were available on cable TV with regularity. Should you ever see a Leon Errol short as a filler on TCM, PLEASE do not change the channel. I just happened to watch this one this afternoon and wanted to share the joy with others--if you don't know his work, find some.

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