The Deceiver is a 1931 American mystery film directed by Louis King.
The film stars Lloyd Hughes, Ian Keith and Dorothy Sebastian.
John Wayne makes a minor appearance as a corpse.
The film premiered on November 21, 1931.
I just had to post this film, even if it is for fun
The Deceiver was hardly a forward move,
in young Morrison's career!!
In the film he plays a CORPSE!!!.
as a stand-in for the body of
Ian Keith, who is murdered in the film's plot.
The story to how this happened,
is that a prop man, told Harry Cohn,
that Duke was having an affair with a Columbia actress
a favourite of the studio head!
As a result Duke's bit parts at the studio
were drastically diminished, so much so ,
he was on Cohn's 'S*** list,
As a result, Duke was treated as something best swept in the gutter!
In The Deceiver, Cohn let the actor know where
he stood in Columbia's pecking order,
by casting him as a corpse,
No lines, No movement- Just dead!!
It was major humiliation for a young actor,
who not long before was the star of The Big Trail!