Cheating Cheaters (1934)

Genres - Adventure, Crime, Mystery  |   Sub-Genres - Detective Film, Romantic Adventure  |   Run Time - 67 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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Previously filmed in 1919 and 1927, Max Marcin's stage success Cheating Cheaters made its talking-picture bow courtesy of Universal in 1934. Fay Wray stars as seductive Nan Brockton, seemingly in the employ of a gang of slick jewel thieves. The crooks disguise themselves as high-society types, as do the members of a rival gang. Nan falls in love with her crooked "opposite number" Tom Palmer (Cesar Romero), then reveals that she's not what she seems to be, enabling Tom to wipe the slate clean and start anew on the side of Law and Order. Originally released on a double bill with the Fox documentary The First World War, Cheating Cheaters represented the first big-studio directorial effort of Richard Thorpe, previously a mainstay of low-budget Chesterfield Productions.

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con/scam, decoy, detective, gangster, investigation, jewel-robbery, love, opal, private-detective, rival, robbery, sting [scam], undercover