The Cheat Overview:

The Cheat (1915) was a Drama - Silent Films Film directed by Cecil B. DeMille and produced by Cecil B. DeMille and Jesse L. Lasky.

The Cheat was inducted into the National Film Registry in 1993.

BlogHub Articles:

The Cheat (1915) and The Story of Sessue Hayakawa

By 4 Star Film Fan on Mar 14, 2020 From 4 Star Films

East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet. The cinema landscape was still in its utter infancy in 1915. Thus, beyond the monumental impact of D.W. Griffith, The Cheat is another subsequent landmark production for a couple of the talents it helped align. There would be no Cecil B. ... Read full article

Pre-Code Corner: Sins in The Cheat (1931)

By Kellee Pratt on Jun 29, 2019 From Classic Movie Hub Blog

Pre-Code Corner: Sins in The Cheat (1931) Even the poster makes it clear Tallulah Bankhead is the star One of the captivating traits found in a Pre-Code film is a dark tone, that often reflects a discernible note of danger. I suppose it?s a flair for the dramatics that draws many to the dark s... Read full article

Christmas on Film: The Cheaters (1945)

on Dec 22, 2017 From Comet Over Hollywood

Last Christmas I was wrapping presents and watching made-for-TV Christmas movies on YouTube when?after finishing Susan Lucci?s Christmas Carol? this film began autoplaying. I was excited to find a new-to-me classic Christmas film (which I have previously mentioned can be hard to find). ?The Cheaters... Read full article

Discovering Tallulah: The Cheat (1931)

By shadowsandsatin on Mar 14, 2017 From Shadows and Satin

When I think of my favorite pre-Code actresses, I must admit that Tallulah Bankhead is not one of the first names that springs to mind. In fact, I usually don?t think of her at all ? and that?s a real shame. She only appeared in 24 films during her career, and her acting had a tendency to be a bit s... Read full article

Fun Size Review: The Cheat (1915)

By Movies, Silently on Jun 26, 2013 From Movies Silently

Cecil B. DeMille-helmed tale of sordid revenge. Fannie Ward dips into the Red Cross funds to gamble on the stock market and loses all. Sussue Hayakawa is her platonic pal who will loan her the money if she becomes… less platonic. Things get nasty very fast. Lean and slick with a star-making pe... Read full article

See all The Cheat articles

Quotes from

Edith Hardy: The same old story - my husband objects to my extravagance - and you.

Edith Hardy: [lying about how she lost $10,000] I lost it playing bridge- I was afraid to tell you.

read more quotes from The Cheat...

Facts about

Camille Erlanger's "La Forfaiture", based on this movie, was the first opera written which was based on a motion picture.
The surviving copy is from the 1918 re-release, and so the date on the check and the date in the newspaper have been altered from 1915 to 1918 in an attempt to make it seem like a contemporary film.
Because of a protest from the Japanese Association of Southern California, Sessue Hayakawa's name and nationality was changed for the 1918 re-release. Originally he was a Japanese called Hishuru Tori; in the re-issue he was a Burmese called Haka Arakau.
read more facts about The Cheat...
Share this page:
Visit the Classic Movie Hub Blog CMH
National Film Registry

The Cheat

Released 1915
Inducted 1993

See All Films in National Registry >>
Also directed by Cecil B. DeMille

More about Cecil B. DeMille >>
Also produced by Cecil B. DeMille

More about Cecil B. DeMille >>
Also released in 1915

See All 1915 films >>
More "Money" films

See All "Money" films >>