The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)

94 mins | Comedy-drama | 6 July 1929

Director:

Sidney Franklin

Cinematographer:

William Daniels

Production Designer:

Cedric Gibbons

Production Company:

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Corp.
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HISTORY

The 7 Jul 1926 Var reported that Famous Players-Lasky bought the rights to the play, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, for actress Florence Vidor. However, the studio did not makethe film, and Vidor did not participate in the eventual production.
       According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Last of Mrs. Cheyney was 25 Feb 1929.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       For information on other film adaptations of Frederick Lonsdale's play, please consult the entry for the 1937 M-G-M production The Last of Mrs. Cheyney , directed by Richard Boleslawski and starring Joan Crawford, William Powell and Robert ... More Less

The 7 Jul 1926 Var reported that Famous Players-Lasky bought the rights to the play, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, for actress Florence Vidor. However, the studio did not makethe film, and Vidor did not participate in the eventual production.
       According to a production directory in the 20 Apr 1929 Exhibitors Herald-World, the starting date for The Last of Mrs. Cheyney was 25 Feb 1929.
       Voted one of the Ten Best Pictures of 1929 by a FD poll, announced in its 7 Feb 1930 issue.
       For information on other film adaptations of Frederick Lonsdale's play, please consult the entry for the 1937 M-G-M production The Last of Mrs. Cheyney , directed by Richard Boleslawski and starring Joan Crawford, William Powell and Robert Montgomery. More Less

BIBLIOGRAPHIC SOURCES
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Exhibitors Herald-World
20 Apr 1929
p. 50.
Film Daily
7 Feb 1930
p. 1.
Film Daily
18 Aug 1929
p. 10.
New York Times
12 Aug 1929
p. 22.
Variety
7 Jul 1926
p. 13.
Variety
14 Aug 1929
p. 18.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
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DIRECTOR
WRITERS
Continuity
Continuity
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
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FILM EDITOR
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Gowns
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play The Last of Mrs. Cheyney by Frederick Lonsdale (London, 22 Sep 1925).
DETAILS
Release Date:
6 July 1929
Production Date:
25 February 1929
Copyright Claimant:
Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Distributing Corp.
Copyright Date:
29 July 1929
Copyright Number:
LP554
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric System
Black and White
Sound, also silent
Also si; 6,484 ft.
Duration(in mins):
94
Length(in feet):
8,651
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Mrs. Fay Cheyney, an adventuress, poses as a wealthy Australian widow at a Monte Carlo hotel to fleece wealthy Mrs. Webley of a valuable pearl necklace. With her are Charles, the mastermind, and several other men who pretend to be her servants. Wavering between stealing the necklace and not, because she has fallen in love with Lord Arthur Dilling, Mrs. Webley's nephew, and has been accepted into "society," Mrs. Cheyney finally decides to take it during a houseparty at the Webleys'. Dilling discovers her with it and threatens to expose her unless she yields to his desires. Rather than yield to Dilling, Mrs. Cheyney, a principled woman, summons the guests to her room and confesses, leaving them to decide her fate. They plan to call in the police until Lord Elton, also in love with Mrs. Cheyney, recalls that she possesses a love letter he wrote her which could embarrass them all. The group decides to buy her off, but when she destroys both the letter and the check, they welcome her, as Lady Dilling, back into their ... +


Mrs. Fay Cheyney, an adventuress, poses as a wealthy Australian widow at a Monte Carlo hotel to fleece wealthy Mrs. Webley of a valuable pearl necklace. With her are Charles, the mastermind, and several other men who pretend to be her servants. Wavering between stealing the necklace and not, because she has fallen in love with Lord Arthur Dilling, Mrs. Webley's nephew, and has been accepted into "society," Mrs. Cheyney finally decides to take it during a houseparty at the Webleys'. Dilling discovers her with it and threatens to expose her unless she yields to his desires. Rather than yield to Dilling, Mrs. Cheyney, a principled woman, summons the guests to her room and confesses, leaving them to decide her fate. They plan to call in the police until Lord Elton, also in love with Mrs. Cheyney, recalls that she possesses a love letter he wrote her which could embarrass them all. The group decides to buy her off, but when she destroys both the letter and the check, they welcome her, as Lady Dilling, back into their society. +

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