Cheating Cheaters (1934)

67 or 70 mins | Comedy | 5 November 1934

Director:

Richard Thorpe

Cinematographer:

George Robinson

Editor:

Ray Curtiss

Production Designer:

Harrison Wiley

Production Company:

Universal Pictures Corp.
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HISTORY

The synopsis and credits were taken from the studio continuity and contemporary reviews. According to Universal production files at the USC Cinema-Television Library, John Wray played the part of Finelli, however, this conflicts with the CBCS and the MPH review cast credits, which credit Harold Huber. Wray's contribution to the final film is undetermined. Cheating Cheaters was previously filmed twice by C.K.Y. Film Corp. The 1919 version was directed by Allan Dwan and starred Clara Kimball Young and Jack Holt, and the 1927 version was directed by Edward Laemmle and starred Betty Compson and Kenneth Harlan (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 and 1921-30 ; F1.0652 and ... More Less

The synopsis and credits were taken from the studio continuity and contemporary reviews. According to Universal production files at the USC Cinema-Television Library, John Wray played the part of Finelli, however, this conflicts with the CBCS and the MPH review cast credits, which credit Harold Huber. Wray's contribution to the final film is undetermined. Cheating Cheaters was previously filmed twice by C.K.Y. Film Corp. The 1919 version was directed by Allan Dwan and starred Clara Kimball Young and Jack Holt, and the 1927 version was directed by Edward Laemmle and starred Betty Compson and Kenneth Harlan (see AFI Catalog of Feature Films, 1911-20 and 1921-30 ; F1.0652 and F2.0843). More Less

SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
Film Daily
4 Dec 34
p. 8.
Motion Picture Herald
29 Dec 34
p. 54.
Variety
11 Dec 34
p. 20.
CAST
PRODUCTION CREDITS
NAME
PARENT COMPANY
PRODUCTION COMPANY
PRODUCTION TEXT
Carl Laemmle, President; A Stanley Bergerman Production
DISTRIBUTION COMPANY
NAME
CREDITED AS
CREDIT
DIRECTORS
Asst dir
Asst dir
PRODUCER
WRITERS
Addl dial
PHOTOGRAPHY
ART DIRECTOR
Art dir
FILM EDITORS
Film ed
Supv film ed
COSTUMES
Cost
MUSIC
Mus score
SOUND
Sd supv
MAKEUP
PRODUCTION MISC
Scr clerk
Prod secy
SOURCES
LITERARY
Based on the play Cheating Cheaters by Max Marcin (New York, 9 Aug 1916).
AUTHOR
SONGS
"I've Burned My Bridges," music and lyrics by Barry Trivers and Arthur Morton.
DETAILS
Release Date:
5 November 1934
Production Date:
10 September--24 September 1934
Copyright Claimant:
Universal Pictures Corp.
Copyright Date:
25 October 1934
Copyright Number:
LP5059
Physical Properties:
Sound
Western Electric Noiseless Recording
Black and White
Duration(in mins):
67 or 70
Length(in reels):
7
Country:
United States
PCA No:
333
Passed by NBR:
No
SYNOPSIS

Tom Palmer meets Nan and her father, Dr. George Brockton, on his return voyage from Europe, but is unaware that they are jewel thieves. George, Nan and her supposed mother Nell, along with hired killer Steve Wilson, who pretends to be the butler, and "music teacher" Professor Toni Verdi rent a house on Long Island next to the Palmers. Just as she had hoped, Nan gets an invitation to the Palmers and, once there, she asks them to store her jewels in their safe so that she can observe the set up and combination. When a Mr. Hanley from the Carnegie Foundation arrives to discuss Tom's rescue of a man who jumped overboard during the cruise, the Brocktons fear that he may be Ferris, a renowned detective whom no one has ever seen. Later, Tom and his "family," who are also thieves, plot to rob the Brocktons, and speculate as to the identity of Ferris. One night, Tom and Mr. Palmer go to rob the Brocktons, while Nan goes to rob the Palmers, with the help of Toni and Steve. Nan is successful, but Tom and Palmer are caught and tied up by her cohorts. Nan is delighted to discover that Tom is also a thief, and he proposes that they elope with the jewels. The police surround the houses and they are all arrested, but Tom is released to the custody of Ferris, who is actually Nan. Nan tells Tom that because he was helpful to her, the courts will go easy on him, and she will be waiting for him when he is ... +


Tom Palmer meets Nan and her father, Dr. George Brockton, on his return voyage from Europe, but is unaware that they are jewel thieves. George, Nan and her supposed mother Nell, along with hired killer Steve Wilson, who pretends to be the butler, and "music teacher" Professor Toni Verdi rent a house on Long Island next to the Palmers. Just as she had hoped, Nan gets an invitation to the Palmers and, once there, she asks them to store her jewels in their safe so that she can observe the set up and combination. When a Mr. Hanley from the Carnegie Foundation arrives to discuss Tom's rescue of a man who jumped overboard during the cruise, the Brocktons fear that he may be Ferris, a renowned detective whom no one has ever seen. Later, Tom and his "family," who are also thieves, plot to rob the Brocktons, and speculate as to the identity of Ferris. One night, Tom and Mr. Palmer go to rob the Brocktons, while Nan goes to rob the Palmers, with the help of Toni and Steve. Nan is successful, but Tom and Palmer are caught and tied up by her cohorts. Nan is delighted to discover that Tom is also a thief, and he proposes that they elope with the jewels. The police surround the houses and they are all arrested, but Tom is released to the custody of Ferris, who is actually Nan. Nan tells Tom that because he was helpful to her, the courts will go easy on him, and she will be waiting for him when he is ready. +

GENRE
Genre:
Sub-genre:
Crime


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