The Beautiful Cheat (1926)

Genres - Comedy, Romance  |   Sub-Genres - Showbiz Comedy  |   Run Time - 105 min.  |   Countries - United States   |   MPAA Rating - NR
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The Beautiful Cheat was a cute parody of the motion-picture business. Most of the story takes place in a fly-by-night movie studio run by the enterprising Abe Meyer (Alexander Carr). To save his company from bankruptcy, Abe builds a huge publicity campaign around his latest discovery, celebrated Russian actress Maritza Callahansky. Only Abe and his partners know that the divine Mlle. Callahansky is actually Brooklyn-born Mary Calahan (Laura LaPlante). The rest of the film concerns Mary's efforts to pull off her deception, which she does with considerable comic aplomb. The film was adapted from a serialized story in The Saturday Evening Post.



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