Last of Mrs. Cheyney, The (1937): Boleslawski’s Last Film, Starring Joan Crawford, William Powell, Robert Montgomery

The serio comedy The Last of Mrs. Cheyney, was adapted from the 1925 play of the same name written by Frederick Lonsdale.

A star vehicle for Joan Crwaford, the film tells the story of a jewel thief in England, who falls in love with one of her marks.

When Lord Francis Kelton (Frank Morgan) finds a beautiful woman in his room, he is upset, but playboy friend Lord Arthur Dilling (Robert Montgomery) is intrigued.  She turns out to be American widow Fay Cheyney on her way to England.

In London, she becomes a society lady, impressing everyone, including Arthur’s wealthy aunt, the Duchess of Ebley (Jessie Ralph), who invites her for the weekend. Fay and the servants are planning a jewel robbery, with Fay as their front.

Director Richard Boleslawski died in the midst of the shoot, and George Fitzmaurice took over, and when he became ill, the film was completed by Dorothy Arzner.

An earlier version in 1929 starred Norma Shearer, and a later one in 1951, titled “The Law and the Lady,” starred Greer Garson.

Joan Crawford as Mrs. Fay Cheyney
William Powell as Charles
Robert Montgomery as Lord Arthur Dilling
Frank Morgan as Lord Francis Kelton
Jessie Ralph as The Duchess of Ebley
Nigel Bruce as Lord Willie Winton
Colleen Clare as Joan
Benita Hume as Lady Kitty Winton
Ralph Forbes as Cousin John Clayborn