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You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

 -  Comedy  -  18 February 1939 (USA)
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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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Cast

Complete credited cast:
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Larson E. Whipsnade
Edgar Bergen ...
The Great Edgar
Charlie McCarthy ...
By Himself
...
Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)
Mortimer Snerd ...
By Himself
Constance Moore ...
Victoria Whipsnade
...
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 ...
By Himself
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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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Comedy

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Release Date:

18 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A mí no me engaña nadie  »

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(Western Electric Recording)

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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 »

Quotes

Mrs. Sludge: [to Phineas] Does your father play ping pong?
Whipsnade: Do I play ping pong?
[laughs]
Whipsnade: I didn't get you the first time. I was one-time champion of the Tri-state league and the Lesser Antilles. Didn't know one card from the other when I started... but I stayed up at night marking with a pen.
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Crazy Credits

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

Connections

Referenced in The Real McCoys: You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1957) See more »

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Inspired Craziness!
7 August 1999 | by (United States) – See 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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