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The Lawful Cheater

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Genre  Drama
Distributor  Al Lichtman
Country  United States
Director  Frank OConnor
Producer  B. P. Schulberg
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Language  Silent (English intertitles)
Release date  July 17, 1925 (1925-07-17) (US)
Writer  Adele Buffington, Frank OConnor
Genres  Silent film, Drama, Crime Fiction
Cast  Clara Bow, Raymond McKee, Guy Edward Hearn, Fred Kelsey, George Cooper
Similar movies  Mystic Circle Murder (1938)

The Lawful Cheater, sometimes referred to as Lawful Cheaters, is a 1925 American silent crime-drama film written by Frank O'Connor and Adele S. Buffington, directed by O’Connor for B.P. Schulberg Productions, and starring Clara Bow, David Kirby, and Raymond McKee. After its 1925 U.S. theatrical release, the film was banned by the British Board of Film Censors.

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The film is presumed to be a lost film.

Plot

Molly Burns (Clara Bow) is a young woman whose indiscreet behavior causes her to be caught and jailed in a police "round up" of suspicious characters. Her prison experience causes her to reflect upon and reform her own life. She convinces jail authorities that her two brothers and her boyfriend could be dissuaded from a life of crime. After her early release, she attempts to reform her indiscreet friends.

Cast

  • Clara Bow as Molly Burns
  • David Kirby as Rooney
  • Raymond McKee as Richard Steele
  • Edward Hearn as Roy Burns
  • George Cooper as Johnny Burns
  • Fred Kelsey as Tom Horan
  • Gertrude Pedlar as Mrs. Perry Steele
  • Jack Wise as Graveyard Lazardi
  • John T. Prince as Silent Sam Riley
  • Gilbert Roland as Undetermined Role (uncredited))
  • Reception

    In American film cycles: the silent era, the film is called an "offbeat crime drama". In noting the film was a "cheaply produced melodrama" with a storyline that was "slight and trite", Hal Erickson of AllRovi wrote that beyond the film benefitting from actual use of New York City locations, Clara Bow acted as the film's "sole redeeming factor." He noted that at one point in the film, Bow's character of Molly Burns appeared in male drag which even if "far from convincing", was "fun to watch."

    References

    The Lawful Cheater Wikipedia
    The Lawful Cheater IMDb


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