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Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Passed | | Comedy, Musical | 10 October 1941 (USA)
Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when... See full summary »

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(as Edward Cline)

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(screen play), (screen play) | 1 more credit »
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Gloria
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The Rival
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Butch (as Butch)
Kenneth Brown ...
Buddy (as Buddy)
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Mrs. Hemogloben
Susan Miller ...
Ouilotta Hemogloben
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The Producer
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The Producer's Wife
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Pete Carson
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Madame Gorgeous
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The Salesgirl
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The Soda Jerk
Jody Gilbert ...
The Waitress
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The Cleaning Woman
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Fields wants to sell a film story to Esoteric Studios. On the way he gets insulted by little boys, beat up for ogling a woman, and abused by a waitress. He becomes his niece's guardian when her mother is killed in a trapeze fall during the making of a circus movie. He and his niece, who he finds at a shooting gallery, fly to Mexico to sell wooden nutmegs in a Russian colony. Trying to catch his bottle as it falls from the plane, he lands on a mountain peak where lives the man- eating Mrs. Hemogloben. When he gets to the Russian colony he finds Leon Errol (father of the insulting boys and owner of the shooting gallery) already selling wooden nutmegs. He decides to woo the wealthy Mrs. Hemogloben but when he gets there Errol has preceded him. The Mexican adventure is the story that Esoteric Studios would not buy. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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IT'S A FIELDS-DAY OF FUN! (original poster-all caps) See more »

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Comedy | Musical

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10 October 1941 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

El pelele no tiene suerte  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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Trivia

W. C. Fields wanted to call the film "The Great Man." When Universal executives insisted on the title "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" (taken from the end of his previous film "Poppy"), Fields said, "What does it matter, they'll never get that on a marquee. It'll probably boil down to 'W. C. Fields - Sucker.'" See more »

Goofs

At the drug store the register changes from 10 cents to no sale, back to 10 cents and finally 15. Also at the end of the scene the soda jerk has a fly crawling down his face, but when he hits it with a bottle the fly is gone. See more »

Quotes

The Producer: This script is an insult to a man's intelligence. Even mine.
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Crazy Credits

The film opens with W. C. Fields' credit as star over a cartoon caricature of him. Then the chest of the character expands to bloated proportions, and the title of the film is printed on Fields' huge cartoon chest. See more »

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CHICKENS LAY EGGS IN KANSAS
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Written and Sung by W.C. Fields
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Classic Fields at his Best
23 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Without doubt, "Never Give a Sucker an Even Break" is Fields at his absolute best. The "plotline" is so completely beyond belief that it provides the nearly perfect vehicle for Fields' unique and irreverent style with its constant stream of sight gags and one-liners. His mumbled verbal interactions with Madame Hemoglobin (Margaret Dumont) and the "tiny waitress" in the café (Jody Gilbert) are as memorably irreverent as anything he had done previously and are worth listening to closely to fully appreciate. The constantly changing scenes and situations in this film provide ample opportunity for his verbal and visual "charms" to be fully utilized, and in my opinion this is his finest and most consistently funny effort.

If you haven't seen this film, give it a viewing or two. If you are a true Fields fan, you'll enjoy it as much as or more so than any of his other more well-known offerings.


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