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       According to a news item, some of the settings in the character Hishura Tori's home contained imported Chinese carved wood furniture. The courtroom judge was former New York Appellate Court Judge Arthur H. Williams. In Feb 1916, members of the Japanese Association of Southern California filed a protest against the showing of this film with the Los Angeles City Council.
       This film was re-issued by Paramount on 24 Nov 1918, at which time the character played by Sessue Hayakawa was called Burmese and renamed Haka Arakau. The print viewed was a restoration of the 1918 re-issue, with a new musical score composed by Robert Israel in 1994. The Cheat was remade in America in 1923 starring Pola Negri and in 1931 starring Tallulah Bankhead (see entries). Marcel L'Herbier directed a French remake in 1937 entitled Forfaiture, in which Hayakawa recreated his role. Camille Erlanger wrote an opera based on The Cheat entitled La Forfaiture, which was the first opera to be based on a motion picture scenario. ...

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       According to a news item, some of the settings in the character Hishura Tori's home contained imported Chinese carved wood furniture. The courtroom judge was former New York Appellate Court Judge Arthur H. Williams. In Feb 1916, members of the Japanese Association of Southern California filed a protest against the showing of this film with the Los Angeles City Council.
       This film was re-issued by Paramount on 24 Nov 1918, at which time the character played by Sessue Hayakawa was called Burmese and renamed Haka Arakau. The print viewed was a restoration of the 1918 re-issue, with a new musical score composed by Robert Israel in 1994. The Cheat was remade in America in 1923 starring Pola Negri and in 1931 starring Tallulah Bankhead (see entries). Marcel L'Herbier directed a French remake in 1937 entitled Forfaiture, in which Hayakawa recreated his role. Camille Erlanger wrote an opera based on The Cheat entitled La Forfaiture, which was the first opera to be based on a motion picture scenario.

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SOURCE CITATIONS
SOURCE
DATE
PAGE
MPN
25 Dec 1915
p. 127
MPW
20 Nov 1915
p. 1479
MPW
18 Dec 1915
p. 2206, 2260
MPW
25 Dec 1915
p. 2384
MPW
9 Nov 1918
p. 691
MPW
30 Nov 1918
pp. 990-91
New York Times
13 Dec 1915
p. 13
NYDM
25 Dec 1915
p. 40
Variety
17 Dec 1915
p. 18
DETAILS
Release Date:
13 December 1915
Production Date:
20 Oct 1915 to 10 Nov 1915
Copyright Info
Claimant
Date
Copyright Number
Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Co., Inc.
8 December 1915
LU7164
Physical Properties:
Silent
Black and White
Length(in feet):
4,243
Length(in reels):
5
Country:
United States
Language:
English
SYNOPSIS

Edith Hardy, whose obsession with expensive clothes irritates her husband Dick, a stockbroker, complains of Richard's frugality to her admirer, Hishuru Tori, a wealthy Japanese curio dealer who, like Edith, is a member of Long Island's "smart set." After a friend gives her a stock tip on a copper company, Edith invests the $10,000 raised for the Red Cross Belgian relief fund, with which she, as treasurer, is entrusted. When the company fails, Edith frantically appeals to Tori for help, and agrees that in exchange for the money, she will come to him the next night. When Richard tells Edith that his investments have capitalized, Edith persuades him to part with $10,000, but Tori, refusing to accept it, becomes enraged, and with his curio iron, brands his seal on her flesh. Writhing with pain, Edith shoots Tori and escapes. To protect Edith, Richard assumes the blame, but at the trial, Edith climaxes her story by baring her branded shoulder. The enraged crowd nearly lynches Tori, as Richard's charges are ...

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Edith Hardy, whose obsession with expensive clothes irritates her husband Dick, a stockbroker, complains of Richard's frugality to her admirer, Hishuru Tori, a wealthy Japanese curio dealer who, like Edith, is a member of Long Island's "smart set." After a friend gives her a stock tip on a copper company, Edith invests the $10,000 raised for the Red Cross Belgian relief fund, with which she, as treasurer, is entrusted. When the company fails, Edith frantically appeals to Tori for help, and agrees that in exchange for the money, she will come to him the next night. When Richard tells Edith that his investments have capitalized, Edith persuades him to part with $10,000, but Tori, refusing to accept it, becomes enraged, and with his curio iron, brands his seal on her flesh. Writhing with pain, Edith shoots Tori and escapes. To protect Edith, Richard assumes the blame, but at the trial, Edith climaxes her story by baring her branded shoulder. The enraged crowd nearly lynches Tori, as Richard's charges are dismissed.

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