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You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 18 February 1939 (USA)
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.

Directors:

George Marshall, Edward F. Cline (uncredited)

Writers:

George Marion Jr. (screen play), Richard Mack (screen play) | 2 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
W.C. Fields ... Larson E. Whipsnade
Edgar Bergen ... The Great Edgar
Charlie McCarthy ... Charlie
Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)
Mortimer Snerd ... Mortimer
Constance Moore ... Victoria Whipsnade
John Arledge ... Phineas Whipsnade
James Bush ... Roger Bel-Goodie
Thurston Hall ... Mr. Bel-Goodie
Mary Forbes ... Mrs. Bel-Goodie
Edward Brophy ... Corbett
Arthur Hohl ... Burr
Princess Baba ... Princess Baba
Blacaman Blacaman ... Blacaman
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Storyline

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 and daughter, Phineas and Vicky, attend a posh college. Vicky turns down her caddish but rich suitor Roger Bel-Goodie, but changes her mind when she learns of her father's financial troubles. Will Vicky marry for money or succumb to the ventriloqual charm of Edgar Bergen? Will Whipsnade's Circus Giganticus make it over the state line one jump ahead of the sheriff? Written by Rod Crawford <puffinus@u.washington.edu>

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Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

18 February 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

A mí no me engaña nadie See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Universal Pictures See more »
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

W.C. Fields became a big hit on radio, especially on Edgar Bergen's radio program, where he had a long-running "feud" with Charlie McCarthy. This film was an attempt to capitalize on the popularity of that feud by having it carried on in a movie. See more »

Goofs

Miss Sludge's cigarette changes length from scene to scene. It's also full length and unlit when she hits W.C. with it. Also, the fan in the background is on in some scenes of the ping-pong game, and off again - during the fast cuts. The sound of the ball bouncing in the fountain sometimes doesn't match the video - you hear it clinking in the cone when it's hovering at one point. See more »

Quotes

Whipsnade: What a pity your dear mother isn't here to share this joy with us, dear. She's the first woman to ever wear jodhpurs with an evening basks. She carried a riding crop at the same time. She hit me over the head with it once - thought I was flirting with one of the girls in the showers. Nothing to it, though.
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Crazy Credits

Edgar Bergen's dummy Charlie McCarthy is credited as Himself. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Columbo: How to Dial a Murder (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Camptown Races
(uncredited)
Written by Stephen Foster
Sung with substitute lyrics by circus hands
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Inspired Craziness!
7 August 1999 | by B.B.-2See all my reviews

Edgar Bergen, the ventriloquist, was a big star on radio. This film shows why he and Charlie McCarthy were so popular. Building on their radio feud with the great W.C. Fields, Bergen and McCarthy add their unique talents to this inspired lunacy.

Favorite line: Fields has thrown McCarthy into a pit of a dozen snarling alligators.

McCarthy: Help me, Bergen! Get me out! Bergen: Which one are you in? McCarthy: Who cares? Get me out of all of them!

If you are an old-time radio fan, check out this little


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