CHEAT, THE (1923) Lobby card – 1


Vintage original 11 x 14″ (28 x 35 cm.) lobby card, USA. Pola Negri, Jack Holt, Charles de Rochefort, dir: George Fitzmaurice; Paramount.

Story of a South American beauty (played by Polish-born Pola Negri) who is betrothed to an elderly Latin American but elopes with a New York broker and then falls into the clutches of an imposter Indian prince. She is then branded a “cheat”. This leads to branding, attempted murder and courtroom drama, with Pola being rescued at the very last moment by her lover, the New York broker.

And only a silent film lobby card would display this wonderful Art Nouveau framing and use of color and character silhouetting. In this scene, Negri as Carmelita de Borodoba has been captured and branded by the fake Prince Rao-Singh (aka Claude Mace) played by Charles de Rochefort. NEAR FINE.

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