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The Deceiver
Directed byLouis King
Written byJack Cunningham (script)
Abem Finkel and Bella Muni (original short story)
StarringLloyd Hughes
Ian Keith
Dorothy Sebastian
CinematographyJoseph Walker
Edited byGene Havlick
Distributed byColumbia Pictures
Release date
  • November 21, 1931 (1931-11-21)
Running time
66 minutes
CountryUnited States

The Deceiver is a 1931 American pre-Code mystery film directed by Louis King. It was written by Jack Cunningham, based on a short story called "It Might Have Happened" by Bella Muni and Abem Finkel. The film stars Lloyd Hughes, Ian Keith and Dorothy Sebastian. John Wayne makes a minor appearance as a stand-in playing Ian Keith's corpse. It featured songs and tap dance numbers in an act billed as "Hot Harlem".[1] The film premiered on November 21, 1931.


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See also


  1. ^ Hall, Mordaunt (November 23, 1931). "THE SCREEN; Humor and Excitement. Romance in the Abruzzi. Movietone News". The New York Times.