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You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

  • Comedy
  • Family
  • 1939
  • George Marshall
  • 76 mins
  • PG

Summary

The owner of a debt-ridden circus contends with pursuant bill collectors and sheriffs and his beloved daughter's relationships with one of his performers and a stuffy but wealthy young man.

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Review

A star rating of 2 out of 5.

Devised by WC Fields under one of his pseudonyms, this comedy had a fraught production involving two directors besides the credited George Marshall. A double had to be used in some of Fields's scenes, thanks to on-set arguments and his penchant for drinking doubles. Although not one of his classics, the film allows Fields considerable rein as Larson E Whipsnade, an impecunious circus owner whose daughter is prepared to marry a wealthy toff to help her father, even though she's in love with someone else. Some of the best moments come when Fields turns up at the proposed wedding and in film historian David Thomson's words stands "amid chaos, bereft of any comfort save sourness."

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Credits

Cast

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Larson E WhipsnadeW C Fields
The Great EdgarEdgar Bergen
Victoria WhipsnadeConstance Moore
Phineas WhipsnadeJohn Arledge
Roger Bel-GoodieJames Bush
Mr Bel-GoodieThurston Hall
Mrs Bel-GoodieMary Forbes
RonnieIvan Lebedeff

Crew

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DirectorGeorge Marshall

Details

Languages
English
Formats
Black and white
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