Fun Size Review: The Cheat (1915)

Cecil B. DeMille-helmed tale of sordid revenge. Fannie Ward dips into the Red Cross funds to gamble on the stock market and loses all. Sussue Hayakawa is her platonic pal who will loan her the money if she becomes… less platonic. Things get nasty pretty fast.

Lean and slick with a star-making performance from Hayakawa. Ward, however, emotes egregiously. This picture is absolute trash and all the better for it.

How does it end? Hover or tap below for a spoiler.

Hayakawa takes a branding iron to Ward, she shoots him in retaliation and her husband takes the blame. Ward confesses all at his trial and the crowd turns on Hayakawa. A happy ending for one horrible person and a sad one for the other.

Read my full-length review here. (I also cover the pre-Code remake with Tallulah Bankhead.)

If it were a desert it would be: Dark Chocolate Mousse with Sugared Kumquats. Dark and decadent doesn’t begin to describe it.

Availability: Released on DVD.

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2 Comments

  1. MatthewB

    Fritzi, I was wondering if you had seen “Hell to Eternity” — it’s not a silent, but not only features Sessue Hayakawa, but also the only sound film appearance of his wife, Tsuru Aoki! She plays the mother of George Takei who adopts Jeffrey Hunter as her own son. I really loved her performance. 🙂

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