The Cheat (1931 film)

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This article is about the 1931 film. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_0

For other uses, see Cheat (disambiguation). The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_1

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The CheatThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_0_0
Directed byThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_1_0 George AbbottThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_1_1
Written byThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_2_0 Harry Hervey

Hector TurnbullThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_2_1

StarringThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_3_0 Tallulah Bankhead

Harvey Stephens Irving PichelThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_3_1

CinematographyThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_4_0 George J. FolseyThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_4_1
Edited byThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_5_0 Emma HillThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_5_1
Distributed byThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_6_0 Paramount PicturesThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_6_1
Release dateThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_7_0 The Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_7_1
Running timeThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_8_0 74 minutesThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_8_1
CountryThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_9_0 United StatesThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_9_1
LanguageThe Cheat (1931 film)_header_cell_0_10_0 EnglishThe Cheat (1931 film)_cell_0_10_1

The Cheat is a 1931 American pre-Code drama film directed by George Abbott and starring Tallulah Bankhead and Harvey Stephens. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_2

The film is a remake of the 1915 silent film of the same name, directed by Cecil B. DeMille. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_3

Plot The Cheat (1931 film)_section_0

Elsa Carlyle (Tallulah Bankhead), in contrast to her charming personality and loving relationship with her indulgent husband, Jeffrey (Harvey Stephens), is a compulsive gambler and spendthrift who is overly concerned with social standing and appearances. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_4

Jeffrey tries to convince Elsa to avoid spending while he makes investments in an effort to provide them with enough wealth to live comfortably for the rest of their lives, but she had impulsively placed a large bet and immediately is $10,000 in debt. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_5

Later, after helping raise money for a charitable cause, she steals this money and invests it in a stock scheme, and promptly loses it as well when the stock tanks. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_6

Hardy Livingston (Irving Pichel), a wealthy lady's man, has his eye on Elsa and finds his chance to trap her into an adulterous affair by giving her the money she needs to repay the charity money. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_7

The next day Jeffrey informs her his investments have paid off and they are now fabulously wealthy. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_8

She attempts to repay the money she had borrowed from Livingston, however he wants sexual favors instead. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_9

Elsa says she would rather commit suicide; Livingston hands her a pistol and invites her to do so and when she does not, he attempts to rape her and she responds by taking the pistol and shooting him. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_10

A suspicious Jeffrey has followed her and takes the blame for the shooting. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_11

As Jeffrey is on trial, Livingstone claims Jeffrey had tried to cheat him out of a debt and then shot him. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_12

To protect Elsa, Jeffrey refuses to deny this, and so Elsa stops the trial by shouting out the truth and showing the court the brand Livingstone had placed on her. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_13

The judge drops the charges against Jeffrey, Elsa promises again to stop gambling and the film ends. The Cheat (1931 film)_sentence_14

Cast The Cheat (1931 film)_section_1

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  • Tallulah Bankhead as Elsa CarlyleThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_0
  • Harvey Stephens as Jeffrey CarlyleThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_1
  • Irving Pichel as Hardy LivingstoneThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_2
  • Jay Fassett as TerrellThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_3
  • Ann Andrews as Mrs. AlbrightThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_4
  • William Ingersoll as CroupierThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_5
  • Hanaki Yoshiwara as Japanese ServantThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_6
  • Willard Dashiell as JudgeThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_7
  • Edward Keane as Defense AttorneyThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_8
  • Robert Strange as District AttorneyThe Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_9
  • Ruth Donnelly as Woman in Court Behind Elsa (uncredited)The Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_10
  • Jimmy Granato as Orchestra Musician (uncredited)The Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_11
  • Porter Hall as Leslie (uncredited)The Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_12
  • Arthur Hohl as Defense Attorney (uncredited)The Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_13
  • Millard Mitchell as Courtroom Spectator (uncredited)The Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_14
  • Henry Warwick as Butler (uncredited)The Cheat (1931 film)_item_0_15

Credits to the contents of this page go to the authors of the corresponding Wikipedia page: Cheat (1931 film).