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Writers:
George Marion Jr. (screen play) &
Richard Mack (screen play) ...
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Release Date:
18 February 1939 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Larson E. Whipsnade runs a seedy circus which is perpetually in debt. His performers give him nothing but trouble... See more » | Add synopsis »
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Cast

  (in credits order) (verified as complete)

W.C. Fields ... Larson E. Whipsnade
Edgar Bergen ... The Great Edgar
Charlie McCarthy ... By Himself

Eddie 'Rochester' Anderson ... Rochester (as Eddie Anderson)
Mortimer Snerd ... By Himself
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 ... By Himself
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ernie Adams ... Eddie - Circus Attendant (uncredited)
Dorothy Arnold ... 1st Debutante (uncredited)
Irving Bacon ... Jailer (uncredited)
Lulu Mae Bohrman ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Ralph Brooks ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Eddy Chandler ... Highway Patrol Officer (uncredited)
Dora Clement ... Woman (uncredited)
Jack Clifford ... Riding Master (uncredited)
Richard Clucas ... Little Boy (uncredited)
Charles Coleman ... Robinson - Bel-Goodie's Butler (uncredited)
Evelyn Del Rio ... Little Girl Who Cries (uncredited)
Drew Demorest ... Barker (uncredited)
Dick Dickinson ... Contortionist (uncredited)
Jan Duggan ... Mrs. Sludge (uncredited)
Eddie Dunn ... Cop (uncredited)
Billy Engle ... Circus Attendant (uncredited)
Jack Gardner ... Ticket Seller (uncredited)
Grace Goodall ... Screaming Spinster / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Jennifer Gray ... 3rd Debutante (uncredited)
Bobby Hale ... Circus Attendant (uncredited)
Ted Hardy ... Russian Circus Performer (uncredited)
Sam Harris ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Leyland Hodgson ... Butler (uncredited)
Otto Hoffman ... Mayor (uncredited)
Lloyd Ingraham ... Mayor / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Frank Jenks ... Jerry - Assistant (uncredited)
Si Jenks ... Hillbilly (uncredited)
Tiny Jones ... Spectator (uncredited)
Jack Kenny ... Barker (uncredited)
Joe King ... Policeman (uncredited)
Ivan Lebedeff ... Ronnie (uncredited)
Ethelreda Leopold ... Blonde at Party (uncredited)
Jimmie Lucas ... Barker (uncredited)
Kathryn Marlowe ... 2nd Debutante (uncredited)
Eric Mayne ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Frank Melton ... First Yokel (uncredited)
Harold Miller ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Edmund Mortimer ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
James C. Morton ... Judge (uncredited)
Ray Moyer ... Fire Eater (uncredited)
Byron Munson ... Ping-Pong Player (uncredited)
Charles Murphy ... Lon - Roustabout (uncredited)
Frank O'Connor ... Cop with Judge (uncredited)
George Offerman Jr. ... Western Union Man (uncredited)
David Oliver ... Man Cheated at Window (uncredited)
George Ovey ... Circus Attendant (uncredited)
Lee Phelps ... Sheriff (uncredited)
June Preston ... Little Blond Girl Singing and Dancing (uncredited)
Ralph Sanford ... Truck Driver (uncredited)
Harry Stafford ... Party Guest (uncredited)
Grady Sutton ... Chester Dalrymple (uncredited)
Ferris Taylor ... Deputy Sheriff (uncredited)
Don Terry ... Ping-Pong Player (uncredited)
Walter Tetley ... Boy with Candy Cane (uncredited)
Edward Thomas ... Bel-Goodie Butler (uncredited)
Lelah Tyler ... Society Woman / Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Minerva Urecal ... Screaming Spinster at Circus (uncredited)
Dale Van Sickel ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Russell Wade ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Beryl Wallace ... Girl (uncredited)
Delmar Watson ... Boy with Slingshot (uncredited)
Florence Wix ... Wedding Guest (uncredited)
Bill Wolfe ... Ticket Buyer / Brentwood - World's Smallest Giant (uncredited)
Edward Woolf ... Thin Man (uncredited)
Bill Worth ... Elwood - World's Largest Midget (uncredited)
Arthur Yeoman ... Barker (uncredited)
Duke York ... Minor Role (uncredited)
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Directed by
George Marshall 
Edward F. Cline (uncredited)
 
Writing credits
George Marion Jr. (screen play) &
Richard Mack (screen play) &
Everett Freeman (screen play)

W.C. Fields (story) (as Charles Bogle)

Henry Johnson  contributor to screen play construction and special sequences (uncredited)
Lew Lipton  contributor to screen play construction and special sequences (uncredited)
Manuel Seff  contributor to screen play construction (uncredited)
James Seymour  contributor to screen play construction (uncredited)

Produced by
Lester Cowan .... producer
 
Original Music by
Frank Skinner (uncredited)
 
Cinematography by
Milton R. Krasner (director of photography) (as Milton Krasner)
 
Film Editing by
Otto Ludwig (film editor)
 
Art Direction by
Jack Otterson 
 
Set Decoration by
Russell A. Gausman (set decorations) (as R.A. Gausman)
 
Costume Design by
Vera West (gowns)
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Vernon Keays .... assistant director
Edward F. Cline .... second unit director (uncredited)
Vernon Keays .... second unit director (uncredited)
Edward Sedgwick .... second unit director (uncredited)
 
Art Department
Charles H. Clarke .... associate art director
 
Sound Department
Bernard B. Brown .... sound supervisor
Robert Pritchard .... technician
 
Music Department
Charles Previn .... musical director
Sam Perry .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Paul Van Loan .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
Franz Waxman .... composer: stock music (uncredited)
 
Other crew
David Lipton .... unit publicist (uncredited)
Cliff Work .... production assistant (uncredited)
 
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Runtime:
79 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Mono (Western Electric Recording)
Certification:
USA:Approved (PCA #5101)

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Trivia:
W.C. Fields and Edgar Bergen were paid $100,000 each. Fields was paid an additional $25,000 for writing the script.See more »
Quotes:
Whipsnade:I'm taking on the personality of a Mexican jumping bean. First the contortionist gets rheumatism. Then the sword-swallower gets tonsilitis. Hope nothing happens to that fan dancer... not 'til I get rid of this cold, anyway.See more »
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17 out of 22 people found the following review useful.
Edgar & Charlie Steal The Show, 29 September 2006
Author: ccthemovieman-1 from United States

Lots of gags and double takes by W.C. Fields dot this comedy. Fields does his normal shtick regarding the mumbling, sometimes mean-spirited insults, double-takes when loud noises occur, which was frequent; scheming people out of money, running from the law, etc. Fields was anything but moral giant which I suppose made him a lovable rascal in the eyes of many. It didn't hurt to have funny names such as this one, either: "Larson E. Whipsnade."

I enjoyed Edgar Bergen's performance more than anyone in here, including W.C., because he gave his famous dummy, "Charlie McCarthy," some of the best lines in the movie. That, and I liked Charlie's laugh.

Like a Marx Brothers film, this didn't have much of storyline, just a bunch of comedy bits by Fields and Bergen, plus a love interest between Bergen and Constance Moore, who played "Whipsnade's" daughter.

Eddie "Rochester" Anderson, from the old Jack Benny television show, also is in here, and sometimes feels the sting of W.C.'s racist remarks, which he could never say today on film, and justifiably so.

It was very entertaining, fast-moving and the best of the Fields movies, I think, even though Edgar and Charlie steal the show. I also think getting a DVD with English subtitles would make it even better, to catch all of W.C.'s lines, some of which are too mumbled to understand.

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