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      The Cheat

      Released Nov 28, 1931 1h 9m Drama List
      Reviews 55% Audience Score Fewer than 50 Ratings With no concern for her husband's finances, an unrestrained woman racks up a number of large gambling debts. Read More Read Less

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      Frank J. Avella Edge Media Network The Cheat is a curiosity, and recommended if only to see Tallulah Bankhead, one of the great grand divas of the 20th century Rated: B- Oct 26, 2021 Full Review Ken Hanke Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC) A deliriously over-the-top slab of high-toned trash. Wildly silly and very entertaining. Rated: 4/5 Oct 29, 2013 Full Review Read all reviews

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      bill t Perfectly fine remake of the 1915 movie. Bankhead stars as the gambler who screws up even more and somehow has to come up with 10,000 dollars. A shady fellow though, will give her the money..but for a price! This was competently acted. No qualms. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 03/30/23 Full Review Audience Member Overheated pre-code elevated by Tallulah who looks amazing and wears some eye popping creations. The story is so much nonsense with a bit of a sadistic twist but as a chance to see the you Bankhead it can't be beat. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/27/23 Full Review Audience Member this depression era pic looks at what depression weary audiences wanted 2 see-travails of a wealthy family. Rated 3 out of 5 stars 01/21/23 Full Review Audience Member Not a bad movie by any stretch, this precode feature directed by George Abbott is interesting now mostly for its frankness about the dark holes involved in gambling, and the pits that human beings will go to get out of a jam. Tallulah Bankhead plays Elsa Carlyle, a married woman with a taste for the fast lane. While her husband, Jeffrey, works hard on an investment, Elsa plays and plays and plays until she is out $10,000- and the collectors want it fast. To avoid any embarrassment, she seeks the help of a wealthy but horny playboy named Hardy Livingston, played with impeccable sleaziness by Irving Pichel. But once she falls into Livingston's trap, she finds she is just one of his possessions, and gradually becomes concerned that there may be no way out. Though it isn't the wildest precode film I've seen, 'The Cheat' does have some shocking moments, particularly in a late scene where Elsa finds herself branded in a very literal way by Livingston's lust. The movie has an urgency and works a lot of the time, but it just doesn't control its drama enough to sustain even its brief running time. The plot goes thick near the very beginning, and from there the surprises run thin. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/11/23 Full Review Read all reviews Post a rating

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      Synopsis With no concern for her husband's finances, an unrestrained woman racks up a number of large gambling debts.
      Director
      George Abbott
      Genre
      Drama
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Theaters)
      Nov 28, 1931, Original
      Release Date (DVD)
      Apr 7, 2009
      Runtime
      1h 9m