You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

You Can't Cheat an Honest Man

Infobox Film
name = You Can't Cheat an Honest Man


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director = George Marshall
Edward F. Cline (uncredited)
producer = Lester Cowan
writer = Charles Bogle (story)
Everett Freeman (screenplay}
Richard Mack (screenplay)
George Marion Jr. (screenplay)
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starring = W.C. Fields
Edgar Bergen
Charlie McCarthy
music =
cinematography = Milton R. Krasner
editing = Otto Ludwig
distributor = Universal Pictures
released = February 18, 1939
runtime = 76 min.
country = USA
language = English
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imdb_id = 0032152

"You Can't Cheat an Honest Man" is a 1939 comedy film starring and scripted by W.C. Fields.

Fields plays "Larsen E. Whipsnade", the owner of a shady carnival that is constantly on the run from the law. The whimsical title comes from a line in an earlier film, in which he says that his grandfather's last words, "just before they sprung the trap", were "You can't cheat an honest man; never give a sucker an even break, or smarten up a chump."

The film features Edgar Bergen and Charlie McCarthy, capitalizing on the popularity of their ongoing radio "feud" with Fields.

A scene from the film is featured in the opening to Dummy.

Plot summary

Whipsnade is struggling to keep a step ahead of foreclosure, and clearly not paying his performers, including Bergen and McCarthy, who try to coax money out of him, or in McCarthy's case, steal some outright. Whipsnade's co-ed daughter pays a visit and falls in love with Bergen, but after she sees the financial mess her father is in, she decides to marry a tiresome young millionaire. Whipsnade initially approves of the marriage, and just to be sure the penniless Bergen doesn't win out (and make McCarthy an in-law), he sets the pair adrift in a hot-air balloon. However, Whipsnade creates a scene at the engagement party, and father and daughter escape together in a chariot, with Bergen and McCarthy in pursuit.

External links

* [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0032152/ IMDB entry for this film]


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