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The Lovable Cheat Details


Adapted from a play by Honore de Balzac, Lovable Cheat offers a veritable smorgasbord of Hollywood's top character actors. The title character, one Claude Mercadet, is played by Charlie Ruggles. Posing as a wealthy Parisian, Mercadet fleeces friends and casual acquaintances alike. He is forced into this life of crime to keep up appearances, so that his daughter Julie (Peggy Ann Garner) can land herself a rich husband. Iris Adrian enjoys one of her largest film roles as Ruggles' wife; Alan Mowbray is right in his element as an elegant butler; and future financial advisor Richard Ney is ironically cast as an impoverished bank clerk. Also on hand is Buster Keaton, as a nonplused creditor who spends his screen time waiting in vain for his missing business associate Godot (could playwright Samuel Beckett have seen this film?) Not entirely successful, Lovable Cheat is nonetheless a courageous exercise in the offbeat. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

  • Release date:May 11, 1949


Charlie Ruggles
as Claude Mercadet
Peggy Ann Garner
as Julie Mercadet
Richard Ney
as Jacques Minard
Alan Mowbray
as Justin
Iris Adrian
as Mme. Mercadet
Buster Keaton
as Goulard
Fritz Feld
as Mons. Louis
John Wengraf
as Pierquin
Otto Waldis
as Bailiff
Edna Holland
as Mme. Pierquin
Minerva Urecal
as Virginie
Jo Gilbert
as Mme. Violette
Curt Bois
as Count de la Brive
Andre Pola
as Policeman
Terri Daniels
as Tailor's Assistant
George Ramsey
as Henri
Ludwig Donath
as Violette


Richard Oswald
Richard Oswald
Richard Oswald
Paul Ivano
Karl Hajos
Composer (Music Score)
Boris Leven
Art Director