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The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

Passed | | Comedy, Drama | 19 February 1937 (USA)
Two English aristocrats pursue a rich American widow who may not be quite the person she claims to be.

Directors:

Richard Boleslawski, Dorothy Arzner (uncredited) | 1 more credit »

Writers:

Leon Gordon (screen play), Samson Raphaelson (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Joan Crawford ... Fay Cheyney
William Powell ... Charles
Robert Montgomery ... Lord Arthur Dilling
Frank Morgan ... Lord Francis Kelton
Jessie Ralph ... Duchess
Nigel Bruce ... Willie Wynton
Colleen Clare ... Joan
Benita Hume ... Kitty Wynton
Ralph Forbes ... Cousin John
Aileen Pringle ... Lady Maria Frinton
Melville Cooper ... William
Leonard Carey ... Ames
Sara Haden ... Anna
Lumsden Hare ... Inspector Witherspoon
Wallis Clark Wallis Clark ... George
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Storyline

Mrs. Fay Cheyney, a rich American widow, insinuates herself into London society. Two men in particular -- middle-aged Lord Kelton and Lord Arthur Dilling, a young playboy -- pursue her. All are present at a large weekend house party, and though both men press their suit, Fay seems to favor Kelton. Then Dilling sees Fay's butler lurking in the gardens, recognizes him as a jewel thief who was apprehended in Monte Carlo, and realizes that Fay is probably after the hostess's pearls. Fay does get hold of the pearls -- but before she can pass them to her accomplice, Dilling gets hold of her. Written by Tony Fontana <tony.fontana@spacebbs.com> and Determined Copy Editor

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Comedy | Drama

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A Última Conquista See more »

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Budget:

$741,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Myrna Loy was originally cast as Fay Cheyney, while Joan Crawford was cast in Parnell (1937). Because Crawford did not like her role in that film, she switched roles and films with Loy. See more »

Goofs

As the ocean liner carrying the cast passes the Statue of Liberty, the name on the bow is "Rotterdam." Later, it's referred to as "the Northampton," and even later, as the "S.S. Britain." See more »

Quotes

Maria: When you open your shop, Mrs. Cheyney, I'll be your first customer. There're always men wanting to buy me things.
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In the opening credits, the three leading star's names are listed over a photograph of them. See more »

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Featured in TCM Guest Programmer: Bill Cosby (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

The Farmer in the Dell
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Traditional nursery song
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See it at least for the glittering first half hour--the rest is fine, but it starts great
19 June 2018 | by secondtakeSee all my reviews

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney (1937)

Underrated! The dialog here is truly witty and hilarious. The play of types is of course old fashioned, and the drooling men chasing Joan Crawford (title character) around. But if you lighten up about any of that, you'll find it truly funny. So for the first half hour you have a model comedy, seemingly made up of British characters but all (but one) played by Americans. Such is Hollywood. What throws the movie into a bit of a tailspin is the big surprise twist that you can sort of smell coming after a stretch. It's a fun and funny idea, but the banter loses some sparkle and the pressure of the plot completely changes gears. Mrs. Cheyney is not longer the pursued (at least not in the same way). William Powell is terrific (he appears as a butler, of all things, one year after "My Man Godfrey") and Frank Morgan and Nigel Bruce are both fun. I was less familiar with the other female players, but they made a large ensemble work well. If you can click with the beginning, you might (like me) be really in stitches. It's that clever. Then if your interest fades a bit, that's okay. It's still an entertaining, farcical movie.


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