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Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)

Approved | | 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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
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Gloria Jean ...
His Niece
Leon Errol ...
His Rival
Billy Lenhart ...
His Heckler (as Butch)
Kenneth Brown ...
His Heckler (as Buddy)
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Mrs. Hemogloben
Susan Miller ...
Ouilotta Hemogloben
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The Producer
Mona Barrie ...
The Producer's Wife
Charles Lang ...
The Young Engineer
Anne Nagel ...
Madame Gorgeous
Nell O'Day ...
The Salesgirl
Irving Bacon ...
The Soda Jerk
Jody Gilbert ...
The Waitress
Minerva Urecal ...
The Cleaning Woman
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Storyline

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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10 October 1941 (USA)  »

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El pelele no tiene suerte  »

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Trivia

According to Fields' 2003 biography, the vehicle crashing into the drugstore was a real accident that occurred during filming. The director decided to leave it in to give the film the appearance of having a bigger budget. See more »

Goofs

During the car chase, the time on clock in Fields' car varies erratically between scenes. See more »

Quotes

His Niece: [Last Lines] My Uncle Bill. But I still love him.
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Connections

Featured in W.C. Fields: Straight Up (1986) See more »

Soundtracks

VOICES OF SPRING
(1882) (uncredited)
Music by Johann Strauss
Sung by Gloria Jean
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...and never smarten up a chump.
11 September 2000 | by See all my reviews

Finally tracked down a videotape of this little classic, and was extremely impressed. A fitting send-off for Fields, as it takes the insanity of the motion picture business head-on, and lets his more "off-the-wall" humor take center-stage. Like the best of the Marx Brothers' classics, there's not much plot to get in the way of the laughs--just gag after gag after gag. My favorite scene? Uncle Bill going into a soda shoppe, and remarking to the camera, "This was supposed to be set in a saloon, but the censor wouldn't allow it. It oughta play just as well..."


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