The Cheat

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  • Genre(s): Drama
  • Release year: 1931
  • Running time: 74 min
Temptation meets its match in The Cheat, a scandalous Pre-Code classic starring Tallulah Bankhead. Elsa Carlyle (Bankhead) is an impulsive and charismatic gambler who has fallen on hard times and owes a large sum of money. A wealthy playboy (Irving... read more

Temptation meets its match in The Cheat, a scandalous Pre-Code classic starring Tallulah Bankhead. Elsa Carlyle (Bankhead) is an impulsive and charismatic gambler who has fallen on hard times and owes a large sum of money. A wealthy playboy (Irving Pichel) promises to help her but his price may be more than Elsa is prepared to give. When her devoted husband (Harvey Stephens) takes the fall for her passions, Elsa’s loyalties are put to the test. Created during the most decadent era in motion picture history, this daring story explores a woman whose addictions lead her on a path of danger and discovery.

Original Release

11/28/1931

US Release

11/28/1931

Cast

Tallulah Bankhead Elsa Carlyle
Harvey Stephens Jeffrey Carlyle
Irving Pichel Hardy Livingstone
Jay Fassett Terrell
Ann Andrews Mrs. Albright
William Ingersoll Croupier
Hanaki Yoshiwara Japanese Servant
Willard Dashiell Judge
Edward Keane Defense Attorney
Robert Strange District Attorney
(see additional cast & crew)

Directors

George Abbott, Berthold Viertel

Writers

Harry Hervey, Hector Turnbull

Cast

Tallulah Bankhead Elsa Carlyle
Harvey Stephens Jeffrey Carlyle
Irving Pichel Hardy Livingstone
Jay Fassett Terrell
Ann Andrews Mrs. Albright
William Ingersoll Croupier
Hanaki Yoshiwara Japanese Servant
Willard Dashiell Judge
Edward Keane Defense Attorney
Robert Strange District Attorney
Porter Hall Leslie
Ruth Donnelly Woman in Court Behind Elsa
Jimmy Granato Orchestra Musician
Arthur Hohl Defense Attorney
Millard Mitchell Courtroom Spectator
Henry Warwick Butler

Editors

Emma Hill

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