The Story of a Cheat (1936)

Director
Sacha Guitry

Main cast
Sacha Guitry; Jacqueline Delubac; Marguerite Moreno; Pauline Carton; Rosine Deréan

Genres
Drama, Comedy, Foreign

Description
Life story of a charming scoundrel, with little dialogue other than the star/director's witty narration. As a boy, only he survives a family tragedy when he's deprived of supper (poisonous mushrooms!) for stealing...concluding that dishonesty pays. Through years of dabbling in crime and amusing adventures, two women appear and reappear in his life, a dazzling blonde jewel thief and a stunning brunette gambler. Finally, he meets the mysterious Charbonnier who had saved his life in World War I, leading to the surprising next phase in his career...


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