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The Lovable Cheat (1949)

A businessman and his partner are about to go bankrupt when the partner gets an idea to sail away and somehow find the money they need. Meanwhile, the one left behind has to figure out how ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Oswald

Writers:

Edward Lewis (adaptation), Edward Lewis (screenplay) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Charles Ruggles ... Claude Mercadet
Peggy Ann Garner ... Julie Mercadet
Richard Ney ... Jacques Minard
Alan Mowbray ... Justin
Iris Adrian ... Madame Mercadet
Ludwig Donath ... Violette
Fritz Feld ... Monsieur Louis
John Wengraf ... Pierquin
Otto Waldis ... Bailiff
Edna Holland ... Madame Pierquin
Minerva Urecal ... Virginie
Helen Servis Helen Servis ... Madame Goulard
Jody Gilbert ... Madame Violette
Judith Trafford Judith Trafford ... Therese
Buster Keaton ... Goulard
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A businessman and his partner are about to go bankrupt when the partner gets an idea to sail away and somehow find the money they need. Meanwhile, the one left behind has to figure out how to put off all the creditors, friends, family, investors, etc., until his partner comes back--IF his partner comes back. Written by frankfob2@yahoo.com

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 May 1949 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

L'amabile ingenua See more »

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Production Co:

Skyline Pictures See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Big surprise here for drama lovers
23 May 2005 | by bmjd46See all my reviews

This thoroughly enjoyable adaptation of Balzac'c story may not be a great film, or even close to one. But it does feature the delightful performance of Charlie Ruggles whose long career in films was well past its peak of a decade earlier.

The plot, a deceptively frothy bit of Gallic farce, centers on the financial conundrums of a slightly over middle aged man and his friends, family, creditors, and neighbors. There's much to enjoy here, so much as a matter of fact, that the great playwright Samuel Beckett stole a basic plot line and even the character's name.

You see our "loveable cheat" is bankrupt because his business partner has sailed away in an effort to secure wealth for both. Only thing is he hasn't returned. Every one is after poor Charlie Ruggles for their long overdue loans, payments, and such- all they get from him is "When my partner's ship comes in" In short everyone has to wait for the partner's return, and then all will be well.

Perhaps by now you've guessed the partner's name- yes, it's Godot. This story, and perhaps even this very film, is the source for Beckett's most famous play "Waiting for Godot" Incidentally in the very last frame of the movie, as the screen is "Irising" out Godot returns, and Charlie holds up a hand full of money. Beckett left that out.


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