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You Can't Cheat an Honest Man (1939)

Approved | | Comedy | 18 February 1939 (USA)
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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Larson E. Whipsnade
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The Great Edgar
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Charlie
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Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)
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Mortimer
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Victoria Whipsnade
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Phineas Whipsnade
James Bush ...
Roger Bel-Goodie
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Mr. Bel-Goodie
Mary Forbes ...
Mrs. Bel-Goodie
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Corbett
Arthur Hohl ...
Burr
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Princess Baba
Blacaman ...
Blacaman
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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 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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18 February 1939 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

A mí no me engaña nadie  »

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

There are two different cast lists in this movie, both with character names. IMDb uses the list in the opening credits because it is more complete: the end credits omit Mortimer Snerd. The only other difference places Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson last in the end credits, with the character name of "Cheerful" instead of "Rochester." See more »

Quotes

Whipsnade: [to Charlie] Quiet you termites flop house.
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Crazy Credits

Opening credits are shown on canvas screens, on loops and ropes, to mimic the circus tent being raised when the circus comes to town. We see the first screen get hauled up with ropes, and there are dummies showing the stars of the show. See more »

Connections

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

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12 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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