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Fannie Ward (left) and Sessue Hayakawa (right).
Photograph: Silent Era image collection.
 
The Cheat
(1915) American
B&W : Five reels
Produced (directed) by Cecil B. DeMille

Cast: Fannie Ward [Edith Hardy], Sessue Hayakawa [Hishuru Tori], Jack Dean [Richard Hardy], James Neill [Jones], Utaka Abe (Jack Yutaka Abbe) [Tori’s valet], Dana Ong [the district attorney], Hazel Childers [Mrs. Reynolds], Judge Arthur H. Williams [the courtroom judge], Red Sovine

Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, Incorporated, production; distributed by Paramount Pictures Corporation. / Scenario by Hector Turnbull and Jeanie Macpherson. Art direction by Wilfred Buckland. Photographed (cinematography) by Alvin Wyckoff. Edited by Cecil B. DeMille. Presented by Jesse L. Lasky. / © 8 December 1915 by Jesse L. Lasky Feature Play Company, Incorporated [LU7164]. Released 13 December 1915. / Standard 35mm spherical 1.37:1 format. / DeMille shot this film concurrently with The Golden Chance (1916). The film was rereleased in the USA by Paramount Pictures Corporation on 24 November 1918; through retitling, Hayakawa’s character was changed to Burmese nationality and renamed Haka Arakau.

Drama: Society.

Synopsis: Synopsis available in AFI-F1 n. F1.0650.

Survival status: Prints exist in the International Museum of Photography and Film at George Eastman House film archive [35mm positive]; and in the film holdings of Film Preservation Associates [35mm positive (1918 USA rerelease version)].

Current rights holder: Public domain.

Keywords: Burmese (Abroad) - Gambling - Indentured servitude - Red Cross - USA: New York: Long Island - White slavery

Listing updated: 9 March 2011.

References: Film credits, film viewing : AFI-F1 n. F1.0650; Baer-Film p. 45; Bardèche-History pp. 53, 93, 106, 107-108, 129, 142, 153, 164, 201, 204, 219, 258; Birchard-DeMille p. xiv; Bohn-Light p. 90; Brownlow-Parade pp. 180, 238, 539; Everson-American pp. 120, 300, 369; Fell-History pp. 106, 107; Lahue-Gentlemen pp. 109, 111; Shipman-Cinema p. 55; Sinyard-Silent p. 145; Spehr-American p. 4; Tarbox-Lost p. 247 : ClasIm-220 p. 48 : Website-AFI; Website-GEH.

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