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The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1929)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 6 July 1929 (USA)
There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both ... See full summary »


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Frederick Lonsdale (from the play by)
Nominated for 1 Oscar. See more awards »


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Complete credited cast:
Norma Shearer ... Fay Cheyney
Basil Rathbone ... Lord Arthur Dilling
George Barraud ... Charles
Herbert Bunston ... Lord Elton
Hedda Hopper ... Lady Maria
Moon Carroll Moon Carroll ... Joan
Madeline Seymour Madeline Seymour ... Mrs. Wynton
Cyril Chadwick Cyril Chadwick ... Willie Wynton
George K. Arthur ... George
Frank Finch Smiles Frank Finch Smiles ... William (as Finch Smiles)
Maude Turner Gordon Maude Turner Gordon ... Mrs. Webley


There is a big charity function at the house of Mrs. Cheyney and a lot of society is present. With her rich husband, deceased, rich old Lord Elton and playboy Lord Arthur Dilling are both very interested in the mysterious Fay. Invited to the house of Mrs. Webley, Fay is again the center of attention for Arthur and Elton with her leaning towards stuffy old Elton. When Arthur sees Charles, Fay's Butler, lurking in the gardens, he remembers that Charles was a thief caught in Monte Carlo and he figures that Fay may be more interested in the pearls of Mrs. Webley, which she is. After Fay takes the pearls, but before she can toss them out the window, she is caught by Arthur who is very disappointed in how things are turning out. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com>

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Who was this woman? The toast of every man, and the envy of every woman in London's smart set. (Print Ad- The Evening Independent,((St. Petersburg, Fla.)) 14 August 1929)


Comedy | Drama


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Release Date:

6 July 1929 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Cativante Viuvinha See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.20 : 1
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This was the first MGM film released with an optical sound-track (Western Electric variable density.) Prior to this, MGM used Warner Bros' sound-on-disk method. See more »


George: Who's the tall bloke along side the mistress?
Charles: The tall bloke, is Lord Elton - a rich, eligible bachelor.
George: Seems to have an eye to her.
Charles: He has two eyes to her.
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Alternate Versions

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures also released a silent version of this movie. Titles were written by Lucille Newmark and the film length was 1976.32 m. See more »


Version of Frau Cheneys Ende (1961) See more »


Carefree and Happy
Composer unknown
Played by Norma Shearer on Piano
Sung by the thieves
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No, Sweetie ... Watch the 1937 Remake Instead.
22 March 2019 | by cdale-41392See all my reviews

This is the inferior original version of the wonderful 1937 film starring Joan Crawford.

Norma Shearer is Fay Cheney, jewel thief. She has ingratiated herself into the upper crust of British society by posing as a wealthy Australian widow. Her butler, chauffeur, and miscellaneous male servant are all part of the gang of thieves helping her pull off this ruse.

We meet everyone at a big charity concert at Mrs. Cheney's estate. She's very popular and gets invited to spend a weekend at Mrs. Webley's estate along with some other guests, including Lord Dilling (Basil Rathbone) and Lord Elton ... both of whom are romantically interested in her.

Lord Dilling is young, attractive, wealthy, and frustrated that Fay doesn't return his feelings for her. Lord Elton is much older, wealthy, and comes across as a closet case. He admits he knows very little about women. Fay even tells him "I heard that you don't like women."

She's happy to get the invitation because she plans to steal Mrs. Webley's very expensive pearl necklace. And then it all goes wrong.

I didn't care for this version. There's lots of frou-frou wordplay, big chunks of the plot aren't explained (like they are in the remake), and Norma Shearer simply doesn't have the presence that Joan Crawford does.

I say Skip It and watch the remake instead.

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