The Last of Mrs. Cheyney

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  • NR
  • 1937
  • 1 hr 38 min
  • 6.4  (1,589)

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is a 1937 film starring Robert Montgomery, Joan Crawford, and William Powell, based on the 1925 play of the same name by Frederick Lonsdale. Set in the wealthy English society of the 1930s, the film follows the story of Mrs. Fay Cheyney, a chic and sophisticated jewel thief who poses as a wealthy socialite in order to steal valuable jewels from wealthy homes.

The film opens with Mrs. Cheyney, played by Crawford, arriving in London with her gang of thieves, posing as a wealthy American widow. She is introduced to the cream of English society, including the Duke of Ebley, played by Powell, who is immediately smitten with her. She also meets the young and charming Lord Arthur Dilling, played by Montgomery, who is engaged to the beautiful Lady Maria, played by Ann Shoemaker.

With the help of her accomplices, Mrs. Cheyney steals a set of valuable pearls from the home of Lady Maria's mother, Lady Frances Kelton, played by Jessie Ralph. However, Lord Arthur becomes suspicious of Mrs. Cheyney's motives, and he confronts her about the pearls. Mrs. Cheyney realizes that she has fallen in love with Lord Arthur, and she decides to return the pearls and abandon her life of crime.

But things get complicated when Lady Maria's fiancé, Lord Kelton, played by Frank Morgan, discovers that Mrs. Cheyney is not who she claims to be. He threatens to expose her to society unless she agrees to steal a valuable necklace from Lady Maria's father's safe. Mrs. Cheyney reluctantly agrees, but her plan is foiled by Lord Arthur and his loyal butler, played by Nigel Bruce.

The film ultimately culminates in a courtroom scene, where Mrs. Cheyney is put on trial for her crimes. Lord Arthur testifies on her behalf, and she is ultimately acquitted. The film ends with Mrs. Cheyney admitting her love for Lord Arthur and the two of them embracing.

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is a witty and stylish film that showcases the talents of its lead actors. Crawford shines as the confident and sophisticated Mrs. Cheyney, while Montgomery is charming as the dashing Lord Arthur. Powell is also excellent in his performance as the Duke, bringing his trademark suave and sophisticated charm to the role.

The film is also notable for its impressive production design and costumes, which transport the viewer back to the glamorous world of 1930s high society. The film's director, Richard Boleslawski, also brings a deft touch to the film's comedic elements, creating a light and engaging tone that keeps the audience entertained throughout.

Overall, The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is an entertaining and stylish film that is well worth a watch for fans of classic Hollywood cinema. The film's engaging story, talented cast, and impressive production values make it a classic of the era, and a testament to the golden age of Hollywood filmmaking.

The Last of Mrs. Cheyney is a 1937 comedy with a runtime of 1 hour and 38 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 6.4.

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    6.4  (1,589)