You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

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Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble, especially Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy. Meanwhile, Whipsnade's son ... See full summary »


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  • W.C. Fields, Mary Forbes, and Charlie McCarthy in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)
  • W.C. Fields, Edgar Bergen, John Arledge, Dorothy Arnold, James Bush, Mary Forbes, Thurston Hall, Sam Harris, Constance Moore, Charlie McCarthy, and Mortimer Snerd in You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

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12 February 2006 | amosduncan_2000
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This has probably become Feild's most underrated film. It has a few clumsy scenes, probably the most questionable racial "jokes" (through, given the milieu, probably quite true to life), and a lot of screen time goes to Edgar and Charlie.

Still, it is quite a wonderful film; and it retains the fundamental wacko universe that defines top Feilds. Some of the circus stuff is pretty amazing too, and they get a fine performance from the Lion tamer.

I think the ending probably must have looked so bad in the editing room they just said the hell with it and went for the sort of non ending with Mortimer. No matter, it's a jem, and if not "A" grade W.C., it's very close.

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